Rose McGowan has revealed that, just days before the New York Times broke their story on his years of sexual misconduct, a representative for Harvey Weinstein contacted her with an offer of a million dollars in exchange for her silence on him.
Allegedly, McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in the late 1990s, following an “incident” in a hotel room. She recently learned, though, that this agreement did not contain a necessary confidentiality clause that would prevent her from speaking out.
Weinstein’s lawyers were clearly aware of this too, which might be why, in late September of this year, someone close to the movie mogul contacted Rose McGowan’s lawyer with an offer of further money in exchange for singing a new non-disclosure agreement.
“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 [million], but I was like – ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”
Within a day of the story breaking, McGowan had instructed her lawyer to pull her offer, and in the weeks since, she has been vocal on social media about Weinstein’s actions and the culture of silence surrounding sexual assault and harassment.