We’ve heard plenty of stories about disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behavior with women. Now, we have heard about what Weinstein did to the actress who helped spur the #MeToo movement that brought him down.
Actress Rose McGowan is writing a book about her experiences, entitled Brave. In the first release of an excerpt from the book, McGowan described how Weinstein raped her in 1997, and the details are disturbing.
Note: the details are not safe for work.
Rose McGowan has revealed what allegedly happened between her and Harvey Weinstein at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
The New York Times obtained a copy of her new memoir Brave, in which McGowan writes that she had an appointment Weinstein on the day of the incident but arrived to learn her breakfast meeting had been moved to his hotel suite.
Once she got to the suit, she claims that Weinstein tore off her clothing, made her sit on the edge of the Jacuzzi in his suite and proceeded to perform oral sex on the actress while masturbating himself to completion.
Weinstein has denied ever sexually assaulting McGowan, who soon after this meeting received a $100,000 settlement from the disgraced mogul.
‘I freeze, like a statue,’ writes McGowan of the moments just before the alleged assault.
Weinstein proceeded to strip naked according to McGowan, and directed her towards the Jacuzzi while ripping off her clothes.
She details how the encounter ended that day at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, writing: ‘He moans loudly; through my tears I see his semen floating on top of the bubble.’
McGowan’s alleged attack was remarkably similar to the one Asia Argento claims she endured at the Cannes Film Festival just a few months later in 1997, and like Argento, McGowan writes that she faked having an orgasm in hopes of quickly ending the encounter.
Then, in a story McGowan had previously hinted at on Twitter, she was taken to a photo call for her film Phantoms that was playing at the festival.
When he costar Ben Affleck learned about what happened, he allegedly said: ‘Goddamn it. I told him to stop doing that.’
Affleck had done his best to deny McGowan’s claims about their conversation that day by avoiding or ignoring the question.
The topic last came up during an appearance on Today in December when Savannah Guthrie very bluntly asked if Affleck had been told by McGowan that she was raped by Weinstein.
Affleck responded by completely avoiding the question, saying: ‘I don’t want to get into other people’s individual stories. Those are their stories and they’re entitled to tell as much or as little of those. I believe Rose. I support her. I like and admire her tenacity and I wish her the best.’
Those feelings are not mutual however, with McGowan briefly getting the boot from Twitter back in October when she wrote: ‘Ben Affleck f*** off.’
It is unclear how much more she will reveal about Affdleck or other stars in her memoir, which hits bookshelves on Tuesday.
‘Very few sex symbols escape Hollywood with their minds intact, if they manage to stay alive at all ,’ McGowan writes at one point in the book.
She quickly took issue with the Times write-up of Brave.
‘For most adult readers, it won’t be much of a revelation that Hollywood trades in distortion and exploitation, writes Michelle Goldberg.
‘But I hope Brave finds its way into the hands of teenage girls who may still look to actresses as they try to figure out how they’re supposed to be in the world.’
McGowan responded by tweeting: ‘Yes, please, reduce my message to teenage girls. Thanks.’