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McGowan says her silence over on sexual assault

McGowan says her silence over on sexual assault”

Rose called for people to speak out about sexual harassment and assault in order to get rid of "monsters".

The event is an offshoot of the Women's March protests that swept the nation in January.

"I have been silenced for 20 years", McGowan began. I've been maligned. And you know what? I am just like you.

Since the original Times story came out, more and more women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.

McGowan has been one of the leading voices against sexual harassment in Hollywood, and tweeted earlier this month that she was raped by a man with the initials "HW".

The Oscar-winning producer apologised without addressing any specific conduct, but has denied later allegations by several women that he raped them.

The fallout from Weinstein's disgracing has extended to such media power players also accused of sexual misconduct as former Amazon programming chief Roy Price, director James Toback, and former MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin.

"I've had monsters after me for years and years trying to eradicate me from this planet", McGowan said.

She opened by thanking "all of you fabulous, strong, powerful Me Too's", saying "we are all Me Too's". "It will not stand".

"I came to be a voice for all of us who've been told we are nothing". "For all of us who have been looked down on".

"Casting Rose in a leading role in my next movie felt like the right move to make at the time - to literally make him pay", Rodriguez adds, saying how he was "inspired to create a bad ass female action heroine who loses her leg and transforms into a superhero that rights wrongs, battles adversity, mows down rapists, and survives an apocalypse to lead the lost and tired into a land of hope; all with a crackling, retro B-movie aesthetic".

She said: "Hollywood may seem like it's an isolated thing, but it is not". The head monster of all right now", she said, "and they are the same and they must die. It's the messaging system for your mind. This is what you are as a woman. That statistic has not changed since 1946.

She said at the convention, "Writers in Hollywood use rape as a plot device".

Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan and Harvey Weinstein attend The Chopard Trophy at the Rosarie Club during the 60th International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 25 2007.

As the scandal snowballed, McGowan has emerged as one of Weinstein's most scathing critics.

She's said she is no different than any other rape victim. She was speaking at The Women's Convention in Detroit. The scarlet letter is theirs.



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