In the midst of her pointed comments against ex-Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan found that her Twitter account had been temporarily suspended on Thursday. The actress is just one of dozens of women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct since The New York Times released its explosive exposé — and her seemingly unfair suspension caused a stir.
Many have attributed McGowan's suspension to her tweet accusing Ben Affleck of having known about Weinstein's sexual harasssment. Twitter has since explained that McGowan was suspended because she posted a private phone number, but that hasn't stopped the outrage. (Some have even pointed out that President Donald Trump published Senator Lindsey Graham's phone number on Twitter, and was not suspended.) Chrissy Teigen is among McGowan's many high-profile defenders. The Cravings author even called for women to boycott Twitter on Thursday. "I love this platform, and I know it can be better," Teigen wrote.
Despite the setback, McGowan is back on social media — and isn't close to backing down. On Thursday, the actress accused Weinstein of rape, and took his alleged conspirators to task. Addressing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, McGowan wrote: "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."
McGowan added a powerful plea: "I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers."
Weinstein used a spokesperson to respond to McGowan's most recent accusation. On Thursday, a representative for the disgraced mogul said in a statement: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.” Meanwhile, Weinstein is reportedly in Scottsdale, Arizona seeking treatment.