Rose McGowan Sues Harvey Weinstein Over "Diabolical" Effort to Silence Assault Victims

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Rose McGowan claims Harvey Weinstein unleashed a cadre of "fixers" to make sure her rape allegations against him weren't revealed in her 2018 memoir.

The actress on Wednesday sued Weinstein, along with lawyers David Boies and Lisa Bloom and private intelligence agency Black Cube, in California federal court. McGowan's claims include racketeering, violations of the Federal Wiretap Act, invasion of privacy, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

"This case is about a diabolical and illegal effort by one of America’s most powerful men and his representatives to silence sexual-assault victims," states the opening sentence of the complaint, which is posted below. "And it is about the courageous women and journalists who persisted to reveal the truth."

McGowan alleges that when Weinstein learned that she planned to describe in detail an alleged 1997 rape, his team tried to steal her unpublished book, attempted to buy her silence and, when she refused, began a campaign to undermine her reputation so no one would believe her (including, she alleges, planting drugs on her). McGowan also claims she was surreptitiously recorded by a Black Cube operative who collected hours of conversations, including portions of her unpublished book being read aloud, by posing as someone who was interested in hiring McGowan to speak on women's issues at public events.

Weinstein's lawyer Phyllis Kupferstein on Wednesday sent The Hollywood Reporter a statement in response to the complaint: "Once and for all, Rose McGowan will be shown to be what she is; a publicity seeker looking for money. From the moment she sought a multi-million dollar payout in return for not making these baseless allegations, which we rejected, we knew that she was waiting for an opportune time to begin this. We will demonstrate that this case has no legal merit." (Records obtained by THR indicate McGowan asked for $6 million to settle.)

Bloom's attorney Eric George also sent THR a statement: "It is inexcusable that Ms. McGowan chose to include my client in her lawsuit. Facts matter. There is simply no credible factual or legal basis for her claims against my client. We look forward to our day in court to set the record straight."

Boies has not yet commented in response to the suit.