Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Harvey Weinstein denies Rose McGowan's claims, makes e-mails from Ben Affleck public

Harvey Weinstein denies Rose McGowan's claims, makes e-mails from Ben Affleck public Harvey Weinstein denies Rose McGowan's claims, makes e-mails from Ben Affleck public
Stacy Diaz | 01 February, 2018, 04:15

On Monday The New York Times published excerpts from courageous, in which she recounts the alleged assault she suffered at the hands of the disgraced movie producer at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

The message, which was sent to Weinstein directly last July (17) allegedly read, "She never told me nor did I ever infer that she was attacked by anyone".

In the NYT exposé, McGowan had said Messick had held her after she told her what happened, but in the months after the incident, she didn't feel supported by her management team.

It is unclear when or how Weinstein obtained the above quotes attributed to Ben Affleck and McGowan's then-manager Jill Messick. Any accounts to the contrary are false, ' Affleck supposedly wrote in the email. "I told him to stop doing that", implying that he knew about Weinstein's history of abuse. She also told Messick at the time of the alleged rape, writing her former manager "counseled [her] to see it as something that could help [her] career in the long run".

Meanwhile, Weinstein's spokesman has also attacked McGowan directly, stating: "Mr. Weinstein denies Rose McGowan's allegations of non-consensual sexual contact and it is erroneous and irresponsible to conflate claims of inappropriate behavior and consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of rape". Affleck also wrote in the email, which carried the subject line "Roe (sic) McGowan", "I have no knowledge about anything Rose did or claimed to have done".

As Deadline noted, sharing Affleck's email could prove "embarrassing" for him, especially as it was probably solicited by Weinstein when he may have known he was a target of investigative reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker. McGowan has accused Messick of profiting off her silence and settlement by getting "a plum position" at Miramax, Weinstein's former production company, according to the Daily Mail.

The leading voice in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actress Rose McGowan has released her book named "Brave" tour on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, where she detailed her allegations for the first time, she made against the now disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein that he raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

McGowan, who was one of the first to come forward against Weinstein in an October exposé in the New York Times, wrote about the alleged rape in her new memoir fearless.

He claims that McGowan had described her 1997 experience with Weinstein as a "consensual" act of "sex" to her own manager whom she self-admittedly confided in after the alleged assault.

"For her part, McGowan responded to the e-mail with an expletive-filled tweet directed at Weinstein: ". You will burn. You will be an empty suit coffin.