Actress Rose McGowan says she was offered $1 million to sign a nondisclosure agreement late last month, just days before The New York Times published its ground-shaking article chronicling allegations of decades of Weinstein’s sexual harassment, according to a new Times report.
The big-bucks offer came from a source close to Weinstein, McGowan tells the Times.
This latest revelation came in a lengthy page-one Times profile of McGowan, who said the money offer was made through her lawyer. Although McGowan was not named in the original Oct. 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.
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McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in ’97, but only learned over this past summer that the settlement did not include a confidentiality clause. In today’s Times article, she says she declined the latest financial offer after some initial consideration.
Writes the Times:
“I had all these people I’m paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art,” Ms. McGowan said in an interview. She responded by asking for $6 million, part counteroffer, part slow torture of her former tormentor, she said. “I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three,” she said. “But I was like — ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”
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