PASADENA, Calif. — Rose McGowan claims she must sell her house in order to fight disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The actress said that unspecified legal action by the man she calls "the monster," rather than by his name, is forcing her to sell her house to fight him.
The actress-turned-activist spoke to TV critics Tuesday about her upcoming documentary series "Citizen Rose" and what she called her global struggle against sexual assault and economic injustice.
McGowan helped focus national attention on sexual misconduct and assault when she accused Hollywood mogul Weinstein of raping her. Weinstein, facing numerous other accusations of misconduct, has repeatedly denied what his spokesperson called "allegations of non-consensual sex."
"Citizen Rose," debuting Jan. 30 on E!, refers only to Weinstein as "HW" or "the monster," said executive director Andrea Metz. In video remarks before the panel, McGowan asked reporters to refrain from saying Weinstein's name and to ask respectful questions to acknowledge her humanity.
When she announced the docu-series, in a press release, McGowan said, "You are formally invited into my mind and world. I am thrilled to partner with E! to amplify my message of bravery, art, joy and survival. As I ready my book, 'Brave,' I realized I wanted to show how we can heal through art even when being hounded by evil."
"I want to have a conversation with everyone, and most especially, you about looking at things differently and seeing beauty everywhere," added the actress.
The former star of "Charmed" was asked if she had any qualms working with E!, which was called out on the Golden Globes red carpet by stars unhappy with E! host Catt Sadler's departure over pay disparity. The issue arose after she'd made a deal with the channel for series, McGowan said, adding, "Let me hang out for a while and maybe things will change."
Frances Berwick, who oversees E! as president of Lifestyles Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, addressed the issue after McGowan's Q&A. Sadler, who said she quit E! because she was paid less than fellow host Jason Kennedy, had a different role than Kennedy and therefore a different salary, Berwick said.
Sadler was a daytime host and Kennedy worked in prime-time news and on the red carpet, Berwick told the Television Critics Association.
McGowan has been privately taping her life for several years, joining with Bunim-Murrary Productions to create the documentary series, McGowan said.
"I want to be like Gertrude Stein, to have a conversation with the world instead of just in my living room," said McGowan, who is. She called the series "raw" and her "truth."
"I'm really just trying to stop international rapists and child molesters," she said at another point, after a reporter had asked if she was a "warrior."
McGowan separated herself from Hollywood's wearing black in protest against sexual harassment would not have done so if it weren't for her., which united other actresses and industry leaders in a campaign against sexism and harassment. McGowan saying she doesn't believe change will come from those who hold power in the industry. On Sunday, McGowan also voiced her skepticism toward the black dress protest at the Golden Globe Awards. The outspoken actress claimed that all of the stars
Actress Asia Argento, another Weinstein accuser, tweeted at McGowan, saying people should not forget to credit McGowan with sparking the conversation about sexual misconduct and abuse in Hollywood. She wrote to McGowan, "No one should forget that you were the first one who broke the silence. Anyone who tries to diminish your work is a troll and an enemy of the movement. You gave me the courage to speak out. I am on your side until I die."
McGowan responded, "And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so."
She continued, "I have no time for Hollywood fakery, but you I love, .@AsiaArgento."
A settlement between McGowan and Weinstein in 1997 over an encounter in a hotel room during the Sundance film festival didn't include a non-disclosure agreement, McGowan said. But she added that she faces the sale of her house to pay "legal bills fighting off the monster."
There was no record of a lawsuit by Weinstein against McGowan in Los Angeles courts, where the actress has lived, although legal action may not have arisen to the level of a public filing yet.
She went public with her accusation of rape after The New York Times reported on the settlement as part of a larger expose on Weinstein.
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