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Following appearances earlier this week on Good Morning America and The View to promote her new memoir, Brave, Rose McGowan sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Wednesday night to further discuss her history with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and her allegations that the ousted producer sexually assaulted her.
McGowan, wearing a bright orange hoodie, joined Colbert to also speak about her new E! series, Citizen Rose. “That was actually my father’s nickname for me,” McGowan said of Brave‘s title.
When Colbert asked McGowan about growing up in a cult, she responded, “He thought that was a better alternative to the shithole we all live in, and he might be right.”
When asked about Weinstein, McGowan said she was “the architect” of the current movement. Colbert then asked the actress if she was told she was “crazy” when she first came out with allegations against Weinstein, to which she responded, “No, I see things.”
The conversation unfolded with McGowan outtalking Colbert during a wide-ranging conversation that spanned from her arrest and her Rose Army message, to the time she sat at the Fox News table during a White House Press Association dinner during Obama’s presidency.
“I realized that I think, psychologically, suits make people insane,” she said of her sweatshirt outfit. She then pressed Colbert, something she did throughout the interview, saying, “Your arms are T-Rex. Why do you have to wear a suit? Who made you wear a suit — what’s the rule?”
As much as Colbert tried to keep McGowan on track, even he stumbled at deciphering some of her long-winded answers, which included several bleeps by CBS.
Agreeing that they are both “comfortable with discomfort,” McGowan ended the chat by raising her fist in the air and saying, “Be uncomfortable. Be brave.”
Earlier on Wednesday, McGowan responded to a statement issued by Weinstein’s attorney claiming the actress’ recent appearances and comments were an attempt to “smear” Mr. Weinstein with a “bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses.” The statement included emails from McGowan’s then-manager, Jill Messick, and former co-star Ben Affleck in an attempt to bolster Weinstein’s denial of the actress’ rape claim. McGowan has said that she immediately informed both parties of the alleged assault. Affleck had initially commented in a November interview, saying he supports McGowan; since his email referenced by Weinstein was sent in July, the appearance contradicts that claim.
“Mr. Weinstein has used his power to violate Rose in all too many ways, even resorting to proven espionage tactics in attempt to cover up his crimes,” read McGowan’s response, referencing what was first reported in The New Yorker about Weinstein using private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track his accusers, like McGowan. She said the use of Messick’s and Affleck’s emails, which occurred months before the first story broke about Weinstein on Oct. 5, prove that “Weinstein was on a fishing expedition to target and coerce potential witnesses.” Messick’s former assistant, Anne Woodward, also supported McGowan’s claim to The New York Times in October.
As for the Colbert appearance, McGowan took to Twitter in a series of tweets on Thursday to defend and explain her appearance.
Saying she is “bored of formats and questions” and “done with traditional structure,” McGowan said she “had fun (as much as one can have in this alternate reality) on the @colbertlateshow any press framing it as ‘bizarre’ I just have a different personality than you. I don’t follow protocol. And I will talk about WHAT I WANT. I requested a Dick Cavett free form hangout.”
She added, “I am unusual, that IS the point. I do not care for formats or traditional thought. Every interview of mine is different, just like a mood. A lot of you are meeting me for the first time. Don’t compare me to what you would do or be. Be free.”
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