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Rose McGowan alleges she was raped by Harvey Weinstein

Rose McGowan's Twitter account was suspended amid a

Rose McGowan's Twitter account was suspended amid a flood of tweets she sent out about the accusations surrounding producer Harvey Weinstein. Photo Credit: Getty Images for Turner / Craig Barritt

Actress Rose McGowan returned to Twitter Thursday night alleging that top Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had raped her.

In six separate tweets tagging Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the “Charmed” actress said that she told the studio’s head “over and over” that she had been sexually assaulted by Weinstein.

McGowan wrote that she “begged studio head to do the right thing” and was ignored, adding that the studio went on to win a “dirty Oscar.” She didn’t specify which films she was referring to.

“I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pesos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is a rot in Hollywood,” she wrote, tagging @jeffbezos and #RoseArmy.

The actress, one of the most vocal Weinstein accusers, was suspended from Twitter Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon after she flooded the social media platform with #RoseArmy tweets exposing the producers’ alleged sexual misconduct.

She’s among dozens of women who have stepped forward accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape since the New York Times reported the exec had paid off eight harassment settlements within the past three decades.

“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #RoseArmy #WhyWomenDontReport,” McGowan, 44, wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Twitter’s alert letting her know she’d be able to have full access of her account again in 12 hours once deleting the tweets that violated policy.

The social media platform released a statement via its Twitter Safety account Thursday afternoon, explaining she had been suspended for tweeting a private phone number.

“The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future,” the statement read. “We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories.”

On Twitter, specifically, McGowan has rallied her followers using #RoseArmy to expose men in Hollywood who she claims helped cover up Weinstein’s actions, including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

It was initially unclear which of McGowan’s tweets violated Twitter’s rules as the actress had sent out a barrage of messages calling Ben Affleck a liar late Wednesday before the suspension. McGowan wrote that Affleck, whose public statement about the alleged abuse implied he had no previous knowledge of it, knew about the incident between the actress and the exec.

McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 after appearing in the film “Scream,” according to the Times report. Weinstein paid the $100,000 settlement after an “episode in a hotel room” that took place during the Sundance Music Festival. McGowan was 23 years old at the time. While the actress has been vocal about the allegations against Weinstein — even before the Times article’s release — she had initially declined to provide more information on the encounter that warranted the harassment complaint.

Twitter’s suspension of the actress left her page public, but removed her ability to send tweets from her account. The social media platform was met with backlash by many, who continued to tweet using #RoseArmy.

Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet, which planned to fly a plane over Hollywood earlier this week with a banner that read “Hollywood: Stop Enabling Abuse,” called Twitter’s suspension “shameful” and “disgusting.”

“Twitter, through this action, is silencing the voices of those who are trying to expose and speak out against the epidemic of sexual harassment and sexual assault in Hollywood and throughout our society,” the group, founded by Shaunna Thomas and native New Yorker Nita Chaudhary, said in a statement.


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