UPDATE: On Wednesday, Bustle received a statement from McGowan's rep, saying Weinstein and his attorney's comment "unequivocally proves a continued attempt to malign, smear and 'slut shame' Rose McGowan."
The statement read:
The statement continued,
EARLIER: In an email statement to Bustle on Tuesday, Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman said, in part:
Not long after the statement began to circulate, McGowan responded on Twitter. While sharing a story from USA Today about Weinstein's comments, she wrote:
This latest statement from Weinstein also ties in two other individuals — Jill Messick, who's reportedly McGowan's former manager, and actor Ben Affleck. The statement from the attorney continued:
(Bustle reached out to Affleck's rep for further comment, but did not receive an immediate response; Messick could not be reached.)
While McGowan previously alleged Weinstein had raped her (which the producer has denied), it wasn't until the release of her book that the alleged encounter was explained in graphic detail. According to the New York Times, McGowan refers to Weinstein as "The Monster" in the book. When arriving for a meeting in 1997, the then-23-year-old was allegedly sent to his suite instead of the hotel restaurant, where he allegedly pushed her into a room with a jacuzzi and allegedly pulled off her clothes.
After that, she claims he allegedly performed oral sex on her while allegedly masturbating. Per the Times, McGowan writes in her book, "He moans loudly; through my tears I see his semen floating on top of the bubbles." ("Mr. Weinstein denies Ms. McGowan’s allegations of non-consensual sexual contact," his spokesperson told Bustle.)
According to the Times, after the alleged jacuzzi incident, McGowan told her co-star Affleck what happened, who she claims said, "Goddamn it. I told him to stop doing that.” (The Times notes it's unclear what exactly this comment meant.)
As reported by the New York Times back in October, McGowan reportedly received a $100,000 settlement following the alleged incident at Sundance in '97. A legal document obtained by the Times noted the money was “not to be construed as an admission," but was intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace." While that settlement reportedly didn't include a confidentiality clause, according to a later piece by the Times, McGowan was reportedly offered more money to sign an NDA; however, she reportedly had her lawyer pull that offer within a day of the Times' initial exposé.
To date, McGowan is one of more than 50 women who have come forward with allegations about Weinstein, ranging from alleged sexual assault to harassment. (As mentioned previously, he's denied all claims of nonconsensual sex.) He has since been kicked out of The Academy and fired from the Weinstein Company.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.