Hollywood actress Rose McGowan, who has been at the centre of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, has responded to the disgraced mogul's indictment on multiple rapes and sex crime charges.The 44-year-old took to social media to share her views on the latest legal development.
"INDICTED. FINALLY. I've been indicted by the media he's bought out for years to trash me. Now it is a new chapter for both of us," Rose began in her social media post.
"What would others say about you if they didn't know who you were? Who I am has been told to the world for me in magazines, newspapers, blogs, videos, tabloids."
She continued, "The narrative of me-my story-has been sold to you as a work of fiction. The media often cuts you when they can, especially if they've been paid off to-the journalists and reporters who are safe in their cubicles and do not have to drown in your tears or see the bruises. All they see is numbers. Views. Ratings. And all you were told is that I was a horror show. Someone damaged. Someone off-kilter. Someone not right. Luckily, many worldwide saw through this fiction, sadly, far more continue to hound me with this false narrative without realizing that every evil thing they repeat about me means they are doing the work of a rapist."
INDICTED. FINALLY. I’ve been indicted by the media he’s bought out for years to trash me. Now it is a new chapter for both of us. _____________❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥 What would others say about You if they didn’t know who You were? Who I am has been told to the world for me in magazines, newspapers, blogs, videos, tabloids. Media, bloggers, sites have been paid by a serial rapist to slut-shame, body shame, and freedom shame me. The narrative of me- my story- has been sold to you as a work of fiction. The media often cuts You when they can, especially if they’ve been paid off to- the journalists and reporters who are safe in their cubicles and do not have to drown in your tears or see the bruises. All they see is numbers. Views. Ratings. And all You were told is that I was a horror show. Someone damaged. Someone off-kilter. Someone not right. Luckily, many worldwide saw through this fiction, sadly, far more continue to hound me with this false narrative without realizing that every evil thing they repeat about me means they are doing the work of a rapist. Here’s what many do not know about me. I have a light spirit. I have compassion. I have adventure. I have a playful side. I am MORE than anger. Or sadness. I have more than they’ve shown. I am all of the colors, just like you. That’s why I made the show Citizen Rose with E! But because of how I’ve been sold in the media- many of the people polled about the show say that they are on the fence about supporting it “someone like me”. Someone. Like. Me. Suddenly though- now that the Monster aka Harvey Weinstein- has turned himself in I’m “validated.” I have always spoken the truth. I know what I have achieved to change the world. I am facing time in jail because I wanted a better, freer society. I have lived a harder life than most could withstand. I know my truth. And now.... for the FINAL episode of Citizen Rose, a show that took blood, sweat and many tears, to simply show what trauma looks like and how we can survive it. I know what I’ve done to change the world. How about you? #weROSEtogether #socialexperiment #womeninbiz #human #CitizenRose #rosearmy #inspiration #justwannahavefun
The grand jury voted on Wednesday to indict Weinstein on charges of first- and third-degree rape, and first-degree criminal sexual act, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said.
The charges are the same that were filed by cops last week when Weinstein, 66, surrendered to face arrest in a pair of alleged sex attacks in Manhattan in 2004 and 2013, the New York Post reported.
"This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged," DA Cyrus Vance Junior said.
Vance, who said the Weinstein probe "remains active and ongoing", also blasted what he called the movie mogul's "recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process".
"We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks...," Vance added.
Vance has faced fierce criticism over his 2015 decision not to prosecute Weinstein for allegedly groping a model to whom Weinstein apologised on a secret recording made by cops, New York Post reported.
Earlier on Wednesday, a statement from Weinstein's representatives said he decided not to appear before the grand jury "on the advice of his attorneys", including veteran defence lawyer Benjamin Brafman.
In a statement, Brafman said: "Weinstein "intends to enter a plea of 'Not Guilty' and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies."
"We will soon formally move to dismiss the indictment and if this case actually proceeds to trial, we expect Weinstein to be acquitted," New York Post quoted Brafman as saying.
More than 80 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape.
He has denied engaging in any "non-consensual sexual conduct".