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Don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting: Rose McGowan on Weinstein offering $ 1mn to keep quiet

Harvey Weinstein offered $1 million to actor Rose McGowan requesting her to keep quiet. This came just days before the multiple allegations of sexual assault against the Hollywood producer came to light.

hollywood Updated: Oct 30, 2017 11:02 IST
Los Angeles, Press Trust of India
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Actor Rose McGowan raises her fist after addressing the audience during the opening session of the three-day Women's Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, US.(Reuters)

Actor Rose McGowan has claimed she was offered $ 1 million to sign a non-disclosure agreement to prevent her from speaking out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

Speaking to The New York Times, McGowan said the offer came from “someone close to Mr Weinstein,” just as several women were about to come forward with their claims of sexual misconduct against the Hollywood producer in an expose published by the newspaper.

McGowan, who revealed earlier this month that she was allegedly raped by Weinstein, said she considered the offer, but countered with $ 6 million. “I had all these people I’m paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art. I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three. But I was like, ‘Ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.’,” she said.

A day after the story was published McGowan, 44, asked her lawyer to pull the offer.

Meanwhile, she also reacted to Kevin Spacey’s apology after he tweeted about Anthony Rapp’s allegations of assault. In his apology, Spacey wrote he was “horrified” to read Rapp’s story. He goes on to say that while he doesn’t remember the incident, he offers “sincerest apology” for his “inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

In an interview to BuzzFeed News, Rapp alleged that in 1986, Spacey befriended him when they were both working on Broadway shows and invited him home for a party. At the end of the party, he placed Rapp – who was 14 then - on his bed, and climbed on top of him. Spacey was 26-year-old at the time.

McGowan tweeted, “Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye. #ROSEARMY”

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First Published: Oct 30, 2017 11:01 IST