A bombshell new report from The New York Times details decades of sexual harassment allegations against studio executive Harvey Weinstein, and the report claims that Weinstein reached a settlement with actress Rose McGowan after an incident in 1997.
The New York Times piece in question quotes multiple women, including actress Ashley Judd, as saying that Weinstein invited them to a hotel for what they thought was a business meeting but that he proceeded to act inappropriately, appearing in a bathrobe or fully naked and making sexual advances. According to the Times, Weinstein has settled with at least eight women over the past three decades.
One of those women is reportedly actress Rose McGowan, who The Times says Weinstein reached a settlement with in 1997. They report, “In 1997, Mr. Weinstein reached a previously undisclosed settlement with Rose McGowan, then a 23-year-old-actress, after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The $100,000 settlement was ‘not to be construed as an admission’ by Mr. Weinstein, but intended to ‘avoid litigation and buy peace,’ according to the legal document, which was reviewed by The Times.”
This incident would have taken place the year after McGowan starred as Tatum Riley in Scream, a film that Weinstein produced. McGowan did not provide a comment in The New York Times’ piece, but she has previously alleged that she was raped by a studio executive. She said on Twitter last year that her “ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution.” At the time, it was assumed that she was talking about Harvey Weinstein and the movie Planet Terror, which was directed by her ex, Robert Rodriguez, and produced by Harvey Weinstein. It’s unclear whether the incident The New York Times reported on in their piece is the same one that McGowan has referred to on Twitter.
Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
On Wednesday, when there were reports that The New York Times was working on an in-depth article on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations, McGowan tweeted that she wanted to buy the movie rights, which seemed to be a reference to the impending Weinstein expose.
I want to buy the movie rights
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 4, 2017
Although Rose McGowan did not go on the record in this New York Times piece, Ashley Judd did, saying that two decades ago, Weinstein invited her up to his hotel room for what she thought was a business meeting, only for him to appear in his bathrobe and ask her to give him a massage and watch him shower.
“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” Judd told The Times.
Harvey Weinstein told The New York Times that he will be taking a leave of absence following this report to ““deal with this issue head on.”