In an interview with The New York Times on Sunday, Rose McGowan revealed she was offered $1 million in hush money if she signed an agreement stating she wouldn’t tell anyone about her allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
According to The Times, “someone close to Mr. Weinstein” offered her money to keep quiet amid the explosive allegations that surfaced after The Times and The New Yorker published their exposé’s detailing thirty years of misconduct facilitated by Harvey.
McGowan – who accused Harvey of rape earlier in the month – said she considered the offer but wanted $6 million instead.
At first, McGowan thought about taking the money but decided that it was incredibly immoral and it “would make (her) feel disgusting.”
One day after The Times published the story, McGowan and her lawyer decided to pull out of the agreement. As you may already know, McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Harvey after an incident which took place in a hotel room in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival.
In response to the deleterious accusations, Weinstein and his attorneys-at-law said in a statement he “unequivocally denies” all of the claims outright and he believes they were consensual.
On Friday, Rose made her first public appearance since coming forward with her accusations at the Women’s Convention in Detroit, Michigan. During her speech, she said she had been “silenced for twenty years” and had been “slut-shamed, harassed and maligned.”
McGowan added that what happened to her and other women in the audience cannot and “will not stand.” Since Rose began to speak publicly about her victimization at the hands of the disgraced producer, she said she no longer feels “despair,” but instead, is ready to fight back in the interest of not only herself but other women as well.