Rose McGowan claims she was offered $1m hush money over Weinstein allegations

Rose McGowan claims she was offered $1m hush money over Weinstein allegations

Rose McGowan claims she was offered $1m hush money over Weinstein allegations

The New York Times reported that Weinstein paid McGowan a $100,000 (£76,000) settlement in 1997 to "avoid litigation and buy peace" over an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.

While she described to the Times the encounter that brought on the settlement, she declined to give too many details about what happened, other than to say her former manager, Jill Messick, told her to meet Weinstein at the restaurant in the Stein Eriksen Lodge at the festival for a 10 a.m. appointment.

Rose McGowan claims she was offered $1 million to keep her mouth shut about Harvey Weinstein.

While the actress originally made a counter offer, she came to the conclusion that she wasn't willing to go silent-for any price. "I think she's fantastic and really talented and I'm going to cast her in my next movie, '" the director said. "But I was like - ew, gross, you're disgusting, I don't want your money, that would make me feel disgusting".

Respect to McGowan for sending a message that you can't buy your way out of unacceptable behavior. He has denied allegations of unconsensual sex, apologized for past behavior against colleagues and has sought treatment.

In speaking to the New York Times, McGowan said the offer came when several women were speaking on the record with the Times and Ronan Farrow for what emerged as two bombshell reports on decades of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault. She later confirmed she was referring to Weinstein in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter the next day.

"When I asked what she meant by that, and how could she possibly be blacklisted, she told me the horrifying story of what Harvey did to her seven years earlier", he added. "I knew right then that every word Rose told me was true, you could see it all over his face". "My name is Rose McGowan and I am fearless and I am you".

"No more will we be shunted to the side, no more will we be hurt", McGowan said.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Weinstein, through a spokeswoman, says he "unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex". "She confided that a female attorney had told her that because she had done nudity in movies that no jury would believe her and that it would turn into a he said/she said case".

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