Ms. McGowan who was previously working on a memoir called fearless, and she had in the past about an alleged 1997 hotel room incident with Harvey Weinstein and also hinted at in the public.
Though McGowan did not offer comment for the Times' detailed account of harassment allegations against Weinstein, she had said in the past that she was a rape survivor and her abuser was a powerful Hollywood executive. The two had reached a settlement for $100,000 back in 1997, but it was only recently that McGowan realized the settlement didn't include a nondisclosure agreement.
Following Weinstein's seven-figure offer to cover up his heinous acts, McGowan countered with $6 million. After a brief business meeting, McGowan says the tide turned and she was assaulted.
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At first, McGowan thought about taking the money but decided that it was incredibly immoral and it "would make (her) feel disgusting".
But in the days following the initial report, McGowan became one of the most vocal figures in Hollywood to lead the charge against the industry's apparent widespread mistreatment of women. In other words, the star's lawyer is alleging that Weinstein wanted to pay her to keep quiet about his inappropriate actions, which McGowan has called rape on Twitter, before the Times opened the floodgates with its expose. Though McGowan had previously revealed she was a rape survivor and that her assault was perpetrated by a powerful studio boss, she did not comment in the October 5 story. "We are one massive collective voice, ' McGowan told those assembled, who she referred to as her fellow 'me toos" at one point. I have been maligned and you know what? "And then what happened, happened", she said.
She said: "The triggering has been insane". She said she told Ben Affleck and Messick about what had happened. "She was like, 'You're an actress, you've done a sex scene, you're done, '" she recalled.
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The Times spoke to several people who knew McGowan at the time, detailing how the experience impacted her moving forward personally and professionally, from the roles she took to dating Marilyn Manson. It's time to be whole.
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. McGowan's lawyer confirmed the money offer to the Times.
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