The ongoing battle between disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and actress Rose McGowan has reached new heights.
Weinstein, who was accused by dozens of women of varying degrees of sexual assault, seems to be focusing on the accusations made by McGowan in particular. The Charmed actress claimed Weinstein raped her in 1997. At the time, the pair settled the matter privately, with McGowan walking away with $100,000.
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Now, in an unexpected turn of events, Ben Affleck has been brought into the row–in Weinstein's defense. According to Page Six, the co-founder of Miramax is circulating an email supposedly sent to him by Affleck. "She never told me nor did I ever infer that she was attacked by anyone," reads the email. "Any accounts to the contrary are false. I have no knowledge about anything Rose did or claimed to have done." When news of Weinstein's behavior broke in October of last year, McGowan publicly called out Affleck on Twitter following a statement he released condemning the producer for his actions. "'GODDAMINT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT' you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie," wrote McGowan.
Weinstein's legal team also claims to have a statement from Jill Messick, who managed both Affleck and McGowan in 1997. In the email, Messick also denies that she was ever informed of the assault. "When we met up the following day, she hesitantly told me of her own accord that during the meeting that night before she had gotten into a hot tub with Mr. Weinstein," says Messick. "She was very clear about the fact getting into that hot tub was something that she did consensually and that in hindsight it was also something that she regretted having done."
This revelation will no doubt come as a blow to McGowan who has recently had to sell her house to cover the cost of legal fees. In her book released just a few days ago, Brave, she recalls the incident in great detail, explaining how it deeply affected her. She continues to be one of the most prominent voices calling for change in the entertainment industry.