The actress posted damning tweets back in 2016, alluding to an unnamed studio head who allegedly raped her. - From HWD
Using the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport, she said she never reported the alleged crime because she was told that she could never win such a case: “A (female) criminal attorney said because I’d done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head,” she wrote.
McGowan added that her ex-partner sold the film she was working on to her alleged rapist’s company, and that the man’s behavior was “an open secret in Hollywood/Media.” In the wake of the recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning power producer who has been accused of sexually harassing women for years, the question of whom McGowan was alluding to in her 2016 tweets has grown more pressing.
Per the Times, Weinstein paid the then-23-year-old $100,000 in 1997, after “an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.” In the late aughts, McGowan was reportedly in a relationship with Robert Rodriguez, who directed her in 2007’s Grindhouse.
Though the Times piece does not go into detail about the incident that prompted McGowan’s alleged settlement with Weinstein, it does include numerous reports of Weinstein allegedly bringing women to his hotel rooms and requesting massages or asking them to watch him shower.
After the Times piece, many have taken a step back to comb over those remarks, speculating that she was alluding to Weinstein all this time.