Rose McGowan has criticised Hollywood for its “bro” culture after allegations of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light. A New York Times article detailed numerous claims of sexual harassment allegations leveled against Weinstein by multiple women, including actor Ashley Judd. McGowan’s name also features in the article, which said that the producer reached out settlements with at least eight women.
The NYT said McGowan was one of those women with whom Weinstein settled in 1997 following an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. Though the actor had declined to comment on the story, she has hinted at being harassed by a Hollywood producer in the past. Since the article came out, McGowan has been vocal in her criticism of Weinstein.
“Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP. Hollywood’s power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not. It is so not a good look,” she said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
“The men of Hollywood need to know they own no woman. The days of Entourage-like behavior and thinking is as dated as your largely bro nature,” the actor added. Weinstein has been ousted from his company following the scandal but McGowan said his termination was not enough and the board members should also resign. She also urged the women in Hollywood to speak out.
“And for the women in Hollywood, free your minds. There are no ‘rules’ you have to play by. We affect the world’s mind because we are creating and disseminating thought propaganda.There is a great responsibility to be better than you have to be. Stand for women. Stand for truth. Stop hurting us. Rise.”