Actress and Artist, Rose McGowan, has been working on a memoir titled, “Brave”, which will disclose the sex abuse incident with Harvey Weinstein which she has privately spoken about for years.
According to the New York Times, McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein back in 1997 but recently discovered the agreement never included a confidentiality agreement. When she announced the release of a book documenting the encounter, someone close to Weinstein allegedly offered her $1 million to sign a nondisclosure agreement. “But I was like – ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting,” she told the Times.
In February, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department issued an arrest warrant for McGowan stating personal belongings left behind by her at Dulles International Airport tested positive for narcotics. The warrant is yet to be served, but the media got wind of the incident recently and reported it in national news. “Are they trying to silence me?” said McGowan to the LA Times.
Weinstein’s sexual assault of McGowan occurred in 1997 when she was in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. She was there for the screening of “Going All the Way”, a movie in which she appeared.
McGowan had recently acted in the film, “Scream”, of which Weinstein was an Executive Producer. McGowan’s manager, Jill Messick, told her to meet with Weinstein for a business meeting at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Upon her arrival, she was told by the maître d’ to meet Weinstein in his suite upstairs.
According to the New York Times article, Weinstein and McGowan had a brief business meeting and on the way out, Weinstein pointed out to McGowan that the hotel room had a hot tub. “And then what happened, happened,” said McGowan. She did not give further details stating that was her story to tell.
McGowan told Messick, then of Addis-Wechsler & Associates, of the assault. Nick Wechsler, then prinicipal of the agency told the New York Times that him and his partner, Keith Addis, met with Weinstein and confronted him regarding McGowan’s assault. “I remember Harvey saying he was going to get psychiatric treatment or some kind of therapy for his sexual behavior,” said Wechsler.
Shockingly, just a few months later, Messick accepted a job as Vice President for Development at Miramax, then run by Harvey Weinstein.
McGowan plans to release her memoir early 2018.
*Photo Credit, L.A. Times