Rose McGowan returned to Twitter with a vengeance after a temporary suspension on Thursday, October 12, to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape. In 1997, McGowan reached a $100,00 settlement with Weinstein following an incident that occurred in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.
She made the accusation via Twitter, adding her name to a growing list of women who have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing in news stories published over the past week.
McGowan has spent the week absolutely stirring shit on Twitter, in a really powerful and also deeply satisfying way.
She tweeted: "Join me in supporting this important cause at iPetitions". But on Thursday, McGowan tweeted that when she heard that a "Weinstein bailout" was in the works at Amazon, she asked the company to "do the right thing".
In a statement last week, Weinstein, who is now facing police probes, said: "I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed". "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME", she wrote. But she has been outspoken in the social media conversation around Harvey Weinstein and his multiple alleged assaults on women over decades.
The flap over McGowan's suspension came days after Twitter blocked Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) from promoting a campaign ad about her candidacy for Senate. While Twitter says that her tweets were in violation of its policies, the company failed to reveal which tweets and which policies. In response to McGowan, a representative for Weinstein told Entertainment Weekly: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein". That settlement included provisions about speaking about the case in the future. Girl will just not give in and I am here for her fire.
McGowan joins Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento and a number of other women who all say they were at some point sexually harassed by Weinstein over the last 30 years. Twitter said she violated its terms of service by posting a private phone number.