- Actress Rose McGowan told The New York Times she received a $US1 million offer for her silence from someone close to Harvey Weinstein in late September.
- She said she declined the offer one day before a bombshell Times report set off a deluge of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein.
- McGowan has accused Weinstein of rape.
In September, days before a series of bombshell reports alleged sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, actress Rose McGowan said someone close to the film mogul offered her $US1 million in hush money, The New York Times reports. McGowan is one of Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault victims.
McGowan told the Times that the offer, presented to her through her lawyer, included signing a non-disclosure agreement.
She said she considered taking the offer and made an unsuccessful counter offer of $US6 million, due to her depleted funds. Ultimately, she decided to decline the offer one day before The New York Times broke a story in which multiple women in Hollywood accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.
“I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three,” McGowan told the Times of her counter offer. “But I was like — ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”
McGowan had reached a $US100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room, but she told the Times on Saturday that she learned over the summer that the agreement she signed had not included a confidentiality clause.
On October 12, a week after the New York Times first reported allegations against Weinstein, McGowan tweeted that she was raped by “HW,” and confirmed that the initials signified Harvey Weinstein. She had previously said that she was a survivor of rape and that her assault was perpetrated by an unnamed, powerful studio boss.
Since the first Times report, over 60 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault, including multiple rape claims.
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