McGowan: ‘Weinstein may have 2000 victims’
ROSE McGowan has opened up about her alleged rape at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, telling Good Morning America she believes he may have thousands of victims.
In an interview with Robin Roberts to promote her new book, Brave, McGowan said "everyone knew" and many were complicit in facilitating abuse happening to actresses.
"The machinery was set up in every country he would go to for the handlers to hand him the victims," said McGowan. "Starting with the agents and managers."
"I would probably estimate there's got to be over a thousand [victims], maybe 2000 because this is a lifelong career of rape for this man," she said.
Kate Beckinsale once said that she was 17 when she was called to meet Weinstein in his hotel room where he opened the door in his bathrobe.
She made an excuse and left but she said, A" few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realised he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not."
McGowan wrote in the book Brave that her breakfast meeting with Weinstein was moved to his hotel room - not an uncommon practice, she says.
"One of the things people don't understand about the hotel room specifically is people think it's like you open the door and there is a bed. These are people with the entire presidential suite,' said McGowan. "That means it's the entire top floor of a hotel. Usually three offices, and so it was not unusual, I've auditioned in many hotel rooms, the director comes and sits and that's how it goes."
She says once she got there Weinstein tore off her clothing, made her sit on the edge of the hot tub in his suite and proceeded to perform oral sex on her while masturbating himself to completion.
"He moans loudly; through my tears I see his semen floating on top of the bubble," she said.
Weinstein has vehemently denied the claims, saying any sexual activity was consensual.
McGowan says she told Ben Affleck what had happened.
"I looked at him and I must have had tears in my eyes because I remember shaking and I said, 'I just came from a meeting with him' and I said his name and he goes, that's when he said, 'Goddamn it, I told him to stop doing that,"' said McGowan.
Affleck denied knowing about Weinstein's abuse but his best friend, Matt Damon, has said that he did.
When he was asked in December about what he knew, Affleck dodged the question.
"I don't want to get into other people's individual stories. Those are their stories and they're entitled to tell as much or as little of those. I believe Rose. I support her. I like and admire her tenacity and I wish her the best," he said.