Rose McGowan questions Weinstein's lack of criminal charges to date
Jan 31 2018 by Johnnie Parsons
McGowan's formative years are eye-opening, and frankly, awful. McGowan was born into the Children of God cult in 1975 and had a brutal, feral upbringing. Rose writes that she feigned pleasure to make it stop. By being the subject as well as the narrator and producer, McGowan is taking control of her own story, which women have so always been shut out from.
The actress also pointed out it was not uncommon to meet in hotel rooms, because prominent Hollywood execs would often have full suites that featured offices.
While Citizen Rose is an anomaly on E!'s lineup, it's an important one - not only for McGowan but for all the women with stories like hers.
"I would probably estimate there's got to be over a thousand [victims], maybe 2000 because this is a lifelong career of rape for this man", she said.
She claims Weinstein shoved her onto the edge of the Jacuzzi and forced oral sex on her while he pleasured himself. "They were following me [shooting] a day in the life, and I did say, 'I think my life is finally getting easier.' And for years that haunted me".
"The intentions are good, but I know the people behind it, you know? The unnamed actor replied: "(Expletive) it.
"The thing is that the intentions are good, but I know the people behind it", she told The View, insisting it was the brainchild of four Creative Artists Agency executives who "needed good PR".
Some details of what the 44-year-old actress discloses - including allegations against Weinstein - have been discussed before, but seeing the anecdotes all in one place has a startling effect.
Weinstein, who has been in exile in Arizona since the scandal broke in October, issued a statement through his attorney denying McGowan's claim. She says she met the Hollywood producer for the first time at a screening of her film Going All the Way during the 1997 Sundance film festival; she was 23 then.
Eventually, McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein for $100,000 in exchange for not pursuing legal action.
"There are a lot of women misogynists", McGowan said. "I am on the outside, like they are, looking in", she responded. A man on set in his late 40s "jammed his tongue down my throat" and fondled her breasts. If she said she hated somebody, they would return for sure. "It was the first time I'd heard about method acting, where the actor stays in character all the time, even when the camera isn't rolling".
There is also, perhaps inevitably, a staged quality to much of what transpires in "Citizen Rose", which presents McGowan participating in a series of meetings with key figures in the Weinstein story, including journalist Ronan Farrow and actress/director Asia Argento.
She also spoke of her love affair with Marilyn Manson, and how she ultimately had to end their relationship because of their differences.