A few days later, the Times published a bombshell report detailing decades of claims against Weinstein, and reporting that he had reached financial settlements with at least eight women over alleged sexual misconduct. She received the offer before the first story ran regarding Weinstein's past involving sexual harassment.
The "Charmed" actress said she initially responded to the offer, which required her to sign a nondisclosure agreement, by asking for $6 million instead, but quickly asked her lawyer to withdraw the counter.
Director Robert Rodriguez, McGowan's former boyfriend, told Variety last week that he cast the actress in his 2007 film Grindhouse, released by Weinstein Co, as a rebuke to Weinstein for his alleged assault against McGowan.
After the incident, McGowan said she went directly to a press event where she fought back tears. McGowan stated: "I had all these people I'm paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art". "Ew, gross, you're disgusting, I don't want your money, that would make me feel disgusting".
The revelation came one day after McGowan publicly broke her silence during the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit. She was referred to a lawyer specializing in sexual harassment and assault cases who, Ms. McGowan said, gave her the impression that filing a criminal charge was hopeless.
McGowan claimed she sat at the far end of a couch as Weinstein sat in a separate chair during a brief business meeting. "And then what happened, happened", she said.
When she arrived, she said the maître d' told her to meet Weinstein upstairs in his suite, where she remembers passing by two male assistants who she said "wouldn't look me in the eye". "Suffice it to say a door opened and my life changed".
This was on the grounds that, truth be told, her unique settlement with Weinstein in 1997 didn't have an a secrecy provision, which she just found out about this mid year. I've been maligned. And you know what?
Weinstein, despite the 1997 settlement, September offer, and dozens of accusations, said through a rep he "unequivocally denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex". McGowan's lawyer confirmed the money offer to the Times.
Read the New York Times' latest profile on McGowan here.