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Weinstein accusers slam Hollywood for playing dumb

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/11/2017 Maeve McDermott
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"You lie.”

In a tweet Tuesday night, Rose McGowan helped expose the hypocrisy percolating around Hollywood in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

McGowan, who The New York Times reported reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an incident in a hotel room in 1997, tweeted her defiant response to Ben Affleck's suggestions that he didn't know about Weinstein's misdeeds.

“‘(Expletive)! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT’ you said that to my face,” McGowan wrote. “The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.”

Affleck, who won his first Academy Award for the 1997 film Good Will Hunting from Weinstein's Miramax Films, released a statement Tuesday claiming the allegations "made me sick," saying nothing about whether he knew about the producer's history of misconduct.

In the days since the New York Times' initial report of Weinstein's crimes, two narratives have emerged in Hollywood: "everybody knew" and "nobody knew." Rose McGowan and Asia Argento are two Weinstein accusers who have fought Hollywood figures' claims of ignorance to the producer's crimes. © AP/EPA Rose McGowan and Asia Argento are two Weinstein accusers who have fought Hollywood figures' claims of ignorance to the producer's crimes.

Accusers in the Times and New Yorker pieces made clear to those outlets their belief that Weinstein's predatory practices were widely known.

“I know that everybody — I mean everybody — in Hollywood knows that it’s happening,” actress Emma de Caunes, to whom Weinstein allegedly exposed himself in a hotel room in 2010, told the New Yorker. “He’s not even really hiding. I mean, the way he does it, so many people are involved and see what’s happening. But everyone’s too scared to say anything.”

"The media's white whale," Janice Min, former editor in chief of The Hollywood Reporter and Us Weekly, applauded on Twitter. "Finally, finally, finally." 

Yet, Hollywood players' statements have fit a certain pattern, largely claiming ignorance of the worst of Weinstein's behavior, beginning with the Weinstein Company's official statement.

"These allegations come as an utter surprise to the board," the statement reads. "Any suggestion that the board had knowledge of this conduct is false."  

Celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep also shared statements announcing that they didn't know about Weinstein's offenses. 

"I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever," said George Clooney, before adding that he "heard rumors, and the rumors, in general, started back in the ’90s, and they were that certain actresses had slept with Harvey to get a role."

But as McGowan made clear in her response to Affleck, some Weinstein accusers are suggesting more people knew about the "open secret" than they're letting on.

Asia Argento, one of three women who accused Weinstein of rape in the New Yorker story, disputed another piece of the Weinstein puzzle on Twitter, describing how Italian Fabrizio Lombardo, the one-time leader of Miramax Italy, delivered her to Weinstein's hotel room.

"Fabrizio Lombardo brought me to Weinstein's room when I was 21 in '97," she wrote. "He told me it was a Miramax party. Only Harvey was there."

"He was the Italian arm of the operation," McGowan wrote, quote-tweeting Argento's statement. "BE SHAMED."

 

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