Rose McGowan says she had to forgo having children so she could ‘take down’ Harvey Weinstein and insists she won’t be free of disgraced producer ‘until he’s dead – or I am’
- Rose McGowan, 46, was leading #MeToo activist after Weinstein accusations
- Claims despite conviction she won’t be free of mogul until one of them is ‘dead’
- Says she never had children so she could ‘keep fighting’ against the producer
Rose McGowan says she had to forgo having children so she could ‘keep on fighting’ against Harvey Weinstein, and insisted she won’t be free of the disgraced mogul until one of them is dead.
The American former actress, 46, was one of the leading activists of the global #MeToo movement after accusing Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s.
Weinstein was convicted last Monday of sexual assault and rape, more than two years after allegations of the disgraced movie mogul’s sexual misconduct sparked the #MeToo movement.
McGowan claimed she never felt able to have children, because she wouldn’t have been able ‘take down’ the mogul if she had others depending on her.
In an interview with The Guardian, she told that her battle against the producer has been ‘very calculated’, but insisted it will not be over until ‘he’s dead – or I am’
Rose McGowan (pictured) says she had to forgo having children so she could ‘keep on fighting’ against Harvey Weinstein, and insisted she won’t be free of the disgraced mogul until one of them is dead
Weinstein (pictured) was convicted last month of sexual assault and rape, more than two years after allegations of the disgraced movie mogul’s sexual misconduct sparked the global #MeToo movement
‘If I had had a child, I couldn’t have taken Harvey Weinstein down, said Rose, ‘So I had to forego that so I could keep on fighting. I had to basically have no dependants. It’s been very calculated.’
She added: ‘I probably am not going to be free of him until he’s dead or I’m dead’.
The 67-year-old producer was acquitted of the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault but faces a lengthy jail term that could be up to 29 years and Rose said to finally get a conviction was like ‘500,000lb lifted off her shoulders’.
She told that the years prior to his conviction felt like her ‘cells were dissolving’, because she was constantly working at a ‘high anxiety level’.
McGowan was pictured speaking to reporters outside New York Criminal Court on the first day of Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in Manhattan
Weinstein arriving at New York City Supreme Court on Monday before he was found guilty of third-degree rape and committing a first-degree criminal sexual act
Harvey Weinstein (center) being led out of Manhattan Supreme Court by court officers after a jury convicted him of rape and sexual assault last Monday
Last year, Rose insisted she is ‘not ashamed’ to admit she once had an abortion, after she posted on Twitter that she had undergone the procedure after her own birth control failed.
‘I have had an abortion and I support this message,’ she tweeted in response to the stats, posted by UltraViolet. ‘I am not ashamed, nor should you be. That 60% of those who choose to have abortions are already mothers says a lot- they understand more than anyone.
‘I was on birth control and it failed. I realized I could not bring a child into my world and simultaneously change the world. I do not regret my decision and it was not made lightly.
‘If you do not want an abortion, don’t get one. My body, my choice, my life. ‘
McGowan made the revelation on Twitter last year, after reading a statistic about abortion
On the day of the conviction, McGowan claimed that Weinstein was running a ‘rape factory’ and feared he would be exonerated in his New York trial, and also admitted said she feared he would hire a hitman to kill her in the wake of her claims.
McGowan told GMB today the guilty verdicts were a ‘huge moment’ and that she hoped it would lead to more predators being convicted.
McGowan said: ‘This is a huge victory for all of us who have ever been affected by Harvey Weinstein. This affects so many. It’s a huge moment. I thought he was going to exonerated.’
‘I never really had hope you see. I realized the last time I had hope was the moment before I was raped by him and after that it became survival.
‘I didn’t have hope but not because of the jury, I’m very grateful to that jury for getting further than most jury’s get in rape cases.
‘I was worried, it’s hard to speak publicly about it without getting sued. But it’s an extraordinary moment and it’s a watershed moment.
‘It’s a never-ending kind of situation. This is an unbelievable achievement to have a woman who was raped by an accuser in court and saying ”you did this to me”. That is a privilege. There’s an astounding number of victims who never get any kind of measure of justice.
‘So, I found it, we were winning by even having it in court. That’s how little we’ve been taught to expect.’
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