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Taking to social media late Monday night, the actress and activist posted a video directed at the disgraced Hollywood mogul and her alleged attacker.
“Happy birthday, Harvey Weinstein,” she said to the camera in a close-up. “I told you we’d be coming. I told you 20 years ago if I heard of you doing this to another girl or woman we would come for you — I would come for you. Happy fucking birthday.”
She then closed out the message with a whisper and sneering smile: “We win.”
McGowan became a #MeToo activist after coming forward with her allegation that Weinstein raped her in 1997. Using Twitter as her platform, she has continued to tell her story with an E! docuseries, Citizen Rose; memoir, Brave; and through her own Rose Army movement.
Weinstein’s 66th birthday was the same day The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy. In the announcement, TWC said it will release Weinstein’s victims from confidentiality obligations. According to a spokesperson, “No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet.”
McGowan herself had a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein over the 1997 incident, but she later realized that she actually had never signed an NDA. “[I was misinformed] by a lawyer that I had signed one, when in fact it turned out I hadn’t,” she said in January. “I thought, I remember refusing that. I think NDAs, as we’re finding out, can be broken.”
Weinstein, who has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex, has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 80 women. Despite the accusations, criminal charges have yet to be filed.
Also on Monday, Time’s Up — the legal defense fund and advocacy group established to fight harassment and gender inequality in the wake of the Weinstein scandal — published an open letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling on him to investigate the state’s handling of the case and to launch an independent investigation of the Cyrus Vance, the New York County district attorney. Vance has since said the investigation is active and ongoing.
In response, Cuomo ordered the state attorney general to review a 2015 decision by Vance and Manhattan prosecutors to not pursue Ambra Battilana Gutierrez’s sex abuse case against Weinstein.
McGowan, who has spoken out about Weinstein’s alleged conspiracy network of spies being aimed at his accusers, continues to believe that she is being followed and monitored.
“I’m sure he would prefer it if I were dead,” she told Britain’s Sunday People over the weekend. “He’s a sociopath. I am not afraid — but I should be. The people I find worse than him are his lawyers. The way they are acting has been disgusting. The people around him, that have supported him in his attempt to dominate and abuse women, are monsters, just as much as he is.”
See McGowan’s tweet below.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) March 20, 2018
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