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Rose McGowan slams fashion designer Donna Karan as ‘scum’ for defending Harvey Weinstein, saying women are 'asking for trouble'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10/10/2017 Emma Powell
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Rose McGowan hit back angrily at fashion designer Donna Karan today she defended “wonderful” Harvey Weinstein and suggested his victims could be to blame.

McGowan branded the DKNY boss “scum” after she suggested some women may be asking for trouble by the way they dress.

Speaking to Mail Online at the CinéFashion film awards in Los Angeles she said: “I also think how do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?

“You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do.

“What are they asking for? Trouble.”

Disgusted: Actress Rose McGowan has called for the entire board of the Weinstein film company to resign (Getty) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Disgusted: Actress Rose McGowan has called for the entire board of the Weinstein film company to resign (Getty)

Rose McGowan – who is reportedly one of eight women who reached legal settlements with Weinstein over sex harassment accusations – lambasted Karan, calling her “deplorable”.

She tweeted: “Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress.”

Her comments were also condemned by other stars including Mia Farrow, and Sarah Wynter who tweeted: “Donna Karan just single handedly ruined her career and any chance of being respected as a champion of women's causes ever again. Wow.” 

Karan later claimed her comments had been taken out of context and insisted that she has dedicated her life to “empowering” women. In a statement she said: “While answering a question on the red carpet I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe. 

“I have spent my life championing women. My life has been dedicated to dressing and addressing the needs of women, empowering them and promoting equal rights.

“My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein.”

Rose McGowan arrives for the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles © PA Rose McGowan arrives for the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles Weinstein was sacked from his own company on Sunday over his misconduct days after the New York Times released a report on the producer’s alleged harassment of eight female stars including McGowan and Ashley Judd over a period of 30 years.

Scores of Hollywood stars have spoken out in wake of the allegations with Dame Judi Dench describing it as “horrifying”. Dench – who first worked with Weinstein in 1997 – told Newsweek that she had been “completely unaware” of any misconduct by the man who has “championed” her film career for decades.

Celebrity reactions to the Harvey Weinstein scandal (Microsoft GES)

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Film Producer Harvey Weinstein attends Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's 'The Current War' TIFF Premiere Party Hosted by Cactus Club Cafe And Johnnie Walker Black Label at First Canadian Place on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage) Celebrity reactions to Harvey Weinstein scandal

Meryl Streep also insisted she had been unaware and described Weinstein’s conduct as an “abuse of power” before praising the “brave” women who have come forward.

George Clooney claimed he had never seen evidence of Weinstein’s alleged behaviour which he slammed as “indefensible”.

Lena Dunham, Brie Larson and Mark Ruffalo have also spoken out against Weinstein.

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