Harvey Weinstein, who has stayed largely hidden as greater than 100 girls have accused him of sexual misconduct, broke his silence to struggle again in opposition to Rose McGowan’s claims.
Throughout an look on “The View” Tuesday, the actress shared graphic particulars of the alleged assault throughout the 1997 Sundance Movie Pageant when she claims Weinstein pleasured himself whereas performing oral intercourse on her in a Jacuzzi.
The now-disgraced film mogul paid McGowan $100,000 in hush cash that 12 months, a sum that was disclosed within the bombshell New York Instances article that started the avalanche of allegations in opposition to the producer.
Weinstein, by way of an lawyer, denied McGowan’s accusations, slamming the “patent falsity of those claims.”
“Watching the ‘efficiency’ by Rose McGowan as she seems to be to advertise her new e-book nonetheless, has made it inconceivable to stay quiet as she tries to smear Mr. Weinstein with a daring lie that’s denied not solely by Mr. Weinstein himself, however by not less than two witnesses, together with Ms. McGowan’s personal Supervisor on the time who Ms. McGowan claims to have confided within the day after the alleged assault and an A-list actor Ben Affleck who Ms. McGowan claims to have additionally advised about her encounter with Mr. Weinstein shortly after the incident she now describes as ‘rape,’ however which in 1997 she described to her Supervisor as a ‘consensual’ act of intercourse,” Ben Brafman stated in a press release to the Each day Information.
Weinstein claimed that Jill Messick, McGowan’s supervisor on the time, had advised the producer that the actress stated on the time she “regretted” the new tub encounter, however that it was consensual.
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His lawyer additionally offered a quote he claims was from Affleck, who McGowan says she advised concerning the alleged assault whereas they had been selling “Phantoms,” a film produced by Weinstein and co-starring Ben Affleck.
“She by no means advised me nor did I ever infer that she was attacked by anybody. Any accounts on the contrary are false. I’ve no information about something Rose did or claimed to have executed,” the actor allegedly wrote in an electronic mail.
The lawyer’s assertion to The Information additionally included photographs of McGowan and Weinstein from a 2005 amfAR gala, seemingly implying that the 2 had been nonetheless pleasant eight years after the alleged assault.
Weinstein issued a blanket denial of all accusations of non-consensual intercourse, however has solely responded particularly to Lupita Nyong’o’s allegations till McGowan.