Rose McGowan tweets 'HW raped me' after Twitter suspension
Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:08AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:52PM EDT
After a brief suspension from Twitter, Rose McGowan returned online to tweet her most direct allegation against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein: “HW raped me.”
The tweet, addressed to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, came as the 44-year-old actress and director appeared to suggest that Amazon Studios scrapped a project she wrote because she insisted that Weinstein not be involved.
"I told the head of your studio that HW raped me," said McGowan in tweets to Bezos. "Over and Over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."
The New York Times has reported that Weinstein paid a $100,000 settlement to McGowan in 1997 regarding an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. According to the Times, the settlement included provisions about speaking about the case.
The actress also stated last year that she had been raped by a studio boss, but she did not provide a name.
A representative for Weinstein refuted McGowan’s allegations.
"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," Sallie Hofmeister said Thursday.
Amazon did not immediately comment on the tweets Thursday.
Late on Wednesday, McGowan reported that her account had been suspended in an Instagram post. “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME,” McGowan wrote in the post. “THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE.”
McGowan also shared a screenshot of the suspension message from Twitter. “We have determined that this account violated the Twitter rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features,” the message read. “While in this state, you can still browse Twitter, but you’re limited to only sending direct messages to your followers – no tweets, retweets, or likes.” The message said it would restore the account to full functionality in 12 hours.
Twitter addressed the suspension in a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon. The verified Twitter Safety account explained that one of McGowan’s tweets “included a private phone number, which violates our terms of service.” Twitter says the tweet has been removed and that McGowan’s account has been restored.
“Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power,” Twitter Safety tweeted. “We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”
McGowan has been extremely vocal on social media as a flurry of sexual harassment allegations surfaced against Weinstein over the last week. McGowan’s angry tweets have targeted not only Weinstein, but several other male Hollywood figures, including Ben Affleck, whom she claims knew about Weinstein’s conduct but stayed silent for decades.
Affleck has not responded to her allegations.
@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 over an incident at a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival, The New York Times has reported. The actress also stated last year that she had been raped by a studio boss, but she did not provide a name.
McGowan’s suspension prompted a deluge of angry tweets from celebrities and others who demanded Twitter restore her account immediately.
Twitter! Unblock @rosemcgowan !— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 12, 2017
If anyone finds out what Rose McGowan tweeted that got her account locked, we should ALL tweet the same thing. Can’t suspend 1000s of users.— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) October 12, 2017
FREE ROSE MCGOWAN— mike in birdland (@bklynmike3) October 12, 2017
Many accused Twitter of enforcing a harmful double standard of silencing someone who advocates against sexual violence while providing others with a platform to spread sexist or racist views.
And now THIS? You allow Twitter freedom to our president but you silence a woman speaking out about sexual harassment? @rosemcgowan— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) October 12, 2017
Rose McGowan attacks sexual harassers. Gets suspended.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 12, 2017
Richard Spencer attacks minorities. Gets blue checkmark.
If you don't think sexism is a rampant problem, look at what twitter did to Rose McGowan. Suspended her for speaking out.— BrittanySneers (@Bluepurplerain) October 12, 2017
Twitter lets abusive racists & bigots run rampant but suspends Rose McGowan for calling out a sexual predator & his protectors. #LetHerSpeak— Chris Staiti (@realStaiti) October 12, 2017
Rose McGowan's Twitter account suspended. Abusive men? Fine. Trolls? Fine. Nazis? Let 'em rant. Serial abusers and harassers? Cooooool— Kevin Hoff'o'Lantern (@KevinHoffman) October 12, 2017
McGowan has repeatedly accused other Hollywood figures of turning a blind eye to Weinstein’s conduct, tweeting messages such as “YOU ALL KNEW” and “You cannot sweep this under the rug.” She has also offered her support to other alleged Weinstein victims, including actress Asia Argento.
Twitter said Thursday it will be more clear about its policies and decisions in the future.
McGowan took a veiled shot at U.S. President Donald Trump in her first tweet after the suspension was lifted. "When will nuclear war violate your terms of service?" she asked, in a retweet of Twitter Safety.