Monday, June 17, 2024

Harvey Weinstein Denies Rose McGowan’s Accusations in Statement, Ben Affleck Issues Denial of McGowan’s Claims As Well


Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, has issued a statement regarding Rose McGowan, her new book “Brave” and accusations that the movie mogul raped her at Sundance in 1997.

One thing that bothers me about McGowan’s claims– she says Affleck told her — to paraphrase– that he’d warned Weinstein not to do something– attack women, presumably– in a past conversation. But “Good Will Hunting” wasn’t released until December 1997. Even though Affleck and McGowan had small parts in a Dimension movie shown at Sundance in January 1997– a year earlier– Affleck and Weinstein did not have that kind of pal-sy relationship before “Good Will Hunting” opened and was a hit. That part of McGowan’s recollection rings false to me.

Here’s Brafman’s statement:

“As a general matter, Harvey Weinstein and his attorneys have refrained from publicly criticizing any of the women who have made allegations of sexual assault against Mr. Weinstein despite a wealth of evidence that would demonstrate the patent falsity of these claims. Watching the “performance” by Rose McGowan as she looks to promote her new book however, has made it impossible to remain quiet as she tries to smear Mr. Weinstein with a bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses, including Ms. McGowan’s own Manager at the time who Ms. McGowan claims to have confided in the day after the alleged assault and an A-list actor Ben Affleck who Ms. McGowan claims to have also told about her encounter with Mr. Weinstein shortly after the incident she now describes as “rape”, but which in 1997 she described to her Manager as a “consensual” act of sex.

“In an email to Mr. Weinstein regarding the encounter, Jill Messick says the following, “When we met up the following day, she hesitantly told me of her own accord that during the meeting that night before she had gotten into a hot tub with Mr. Weinstein. She was very clear about the fact that getting into that hot tub was something that she did consensually and that in hindsight it was also something that she regretted having done.”

“Ben Affleck expressed the following in an email to Mr. Weinstein, “She never told me nor did I ever infer that she was attacked by anyone. Any accounts to the contrary are false. I have no knowledge about anything Rose did or claimed to have done.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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