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In a series of tweets about the Hollywood mogul who is facing allegations of sexual assault from several actresses, McGowan not only explicitly details Weinstein’s actions toward her, but also calls out Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos for continuing to fund the executive after allegedly ignoring this information.
“1) @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” McGowan initially tweeted.
“2) @jeffbezos I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works,” she continued, “3) @Jeffbezos I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar.”
This is the first time McGowan is speaking so directly about her incident with Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival, resulting in a 1997 settlement where Weinstein paid the then-23-year-old actress $100,000.
But where do Bezos and Amazon come into play?
In 2016 McGowan said a script she had in development with the company was scrapped after she raised concerns about Weinstein. She calls out the founder for any award Amazon has received while working with Weinstein—claiming he knew about the allegations before the investigation broke.
“4)@jeffbezos I called my attorney & said I want to get my script back, but before I could, #2 Amazon studios called to say my show was dead,” she tweeted. “4) I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love amazon but there is rot in Hollywood.”
The five-tweet series ended with the actress telling Bezos to, “Be the change you wish to see in the world. Stand with the truth,” followed by her hashtag #ROSEARMY, crafted to mobilize against those who have covered Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct.
1) @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
2) @jeffbezos I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
3) @Jeffbezos I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
Bezos has yet to respond to McGowan’s tweets.
Samantha Reichstein is a former intern for the Daily Dot whose work focused on entertainment and politics. She's written for the Bump, the Nest, the Knot, the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Way Magazine, and Broadway World TV.