Rodriguez dated McGowan from 2006 to 2009 and cast her as the female lead in the 2007 film, released via Weinstein's brother Bob's Dimension Films, part of the Miramax and Weinstein Company family. However, that settlement did not include a confidentiality clause, which McGowan says she wasn't aware of until a year ago.
The "Charmed" star - says she was offered the hefty amount by someone close to the filmmaker and whilst she initially upped it to $6 million as a counter offer, she made a decision to retract that offer after all. "I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three". Although McGowan was not named in the original October 5 Times story, she has since become an outspoken voice for victims, sharing her story of what she says was her rape by Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
Fresh off spearheading the accusations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and calling for accountability for those who have been and remain complicit, actress Rose McGowan delivered an emotional speech at the Women's Convention in Detroit. I have been slut-shamed.
"We are here. We will not go away", said McGowan.
McGowan is one of dozens of women claiming sexual assault against the former Miramax boss. I have been harassed.
The actress said that what happened to her behind the scenes has happened to others, and it "cannot stand". She shared new information about the circumstances surrounding the encounter with Weinstein-though she declined to reveal more about the encounter itself-with the Times, including that it was set up by her then-manager, Jill Messick, of Addis-Wechsler & Associates (now Industry Entertainment).
The conference, an extension of the massive Women's March protests that unfolded earlier this year in January, comes amidst a firestorm of attention and scrutiny directed towards powerful men accused of sexual assault, and the institutions and cultures that protect them. It is the mirror that you are given to look into.