Weinstein offered Rose McGowan $1 million in exchange for her silence

Kelly Massey
October 30, 2017

In a new report released this weekend by The New York Times, actress Rose McGowan revealed she received a $1 million hush money offer from Harvey Weinstein's lawyers to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

"I had all these people I'm paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art", said McGowan, 44, who no longer acts.

The actress said she was made to feel as though filing criminal charges against Weinstein would have been hopeless, and recalled being told, "You're an actress, you've done a sex scene, you're done".

'I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three.

McGowan, who alleged she was raped by Weinstein in his hotel room roughly 20 years ago, reached a $100,000 settlement with him in 1997, but didn't know know until this summer that it had not included a confidentiality clause.

Weinstein is said to be in rehab but there has still been nothing to prove this claim, and now over 60 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

She later asked her lawyer to rescind the counter offer.

A representative for Weinstein has denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex".

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She said: "The triggering has been insane".

McGowan recounts the alleged 1997 encounter to the Times, describing a business meeting with Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival that year.

It was her first public speech since alleging Weinstein raped her. I have been slut-shamed, I have been harassed, I have been maligned, and you know what? When a lawyer confronted Weinstein with McGowan's claim, Weinstein said he was "going to get psychiatric help or some kind of treatment for his sexual behavior", attorney Nick Wechsler told the Times.

"I want to thank you for being here, for giving me wings during this very hard time".

The revelation came one day after McGowan publicly broke her silence during the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit. "They can't imagine a woman getting strong otherwise", she said to cheers during a panel titled "Fighting for Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Age of Betsy DeVos". "I'm just like you".

"What happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in society and it can not stand and it will not stand", she said.

Read the New York Times' latest profile on McGowan here.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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