Rose McGowan wants Hollywood's A-list actors to speak up.
Last week, the New York Times published an exposé on Harvey Weinstein about his years and years of alleged misconduct. McGowan was mentioned in the exposé for a $100,000 settlement she reached in 1997 with the movie producer. In response to the article, one of Weinstein's attorneys Charles J. Harder told E! News last week that the article was "saturated with false and defamatory statements." However, just days after the article was published, Weinstein was terminated from The Weinstein company.
McGowan has been very vocal on Twitter about Hollywood speaking up about Weinstein and his alleged misconduct. On Monday she called for the immediate resignation of the Weinstein Company board.
In a series of tweets, McGowan also began calling out actors for their silence on the matter. "Hey @mattdamon what's it like to be a spineless profiteer who stays silent?" McGowan tweeted the actor, along with a list of the Weinstein Company board member names. "They knew. They funded. They advised. They covered up. They must be exposed. They must resign."
McGowan then tweeted to Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck asking them, "Ben Affleck Casey Affleck, how's your morning boys?"
Ben Affleck Casey Affleck, how?s your morning boys?— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 9, 2017
The actress then retweeted a post that she was mentioned in about a Vulture article with the headline "Matt Damon, Russell Crowe Reportedly Helped Kill a 2004 New York Times Harvey Weinstein Article." The tweet said, "Have u seen this article? Do u realise how deep the cover ups go? Then u wonder why its taken so long."
The article talks about a piece published by The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman on Sunday. In her post, Waxman alleges that a 2004 story she was working on about Weinstein's alleged misconduct was "gutted" by the New York Times under "pressure."
While researching the story, Waxman looked into Fabrizio Lombardo and his role in the Miramax company. "I had people on the record telling me Lombardo knew nothing about film,"Waxman wrote in Sunday's article.
She then explained, "After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted."
Waxman went on to state that the final version of the article was "buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive."
On Tuesday, Damon denied that he knew about any misconduct. "My recollection was that it was about a one minute phone call. Harvey had called me and said, 'They're writing a story about Fabrizio,' who I knew from The Talented Mr. Ripley...Harvey said, 'Sharon Waxman is writing a story about Fabrizio and it's really negative. Can you just call and tell her what your experience with Fabrizio was.' So I did, and that's what I said to her...I was never conscripted to do anything," Damon told Deadline. "I had perfectly professional experiences with Fabrizio and I didn't mind telling her that. I'm sure I mentioned to her that I didn't know anything about the rest of her piece, because I didn't. And I still don't know anything about that and Fabrizio. My experience with him was all above board and that's what I told her."
He also added, "For the record, I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that. I just wouldn't do that. It's not something I would do, for anybody."
Waxmon wrote on Twitter Tuesday in response to Damon's comments, "I endorse Matt Damon's statement. He called me briefly,wasn't informed - nor shld he have been - abt investigative aspect of piece."
Affleck released a statement on Facebook Tuesday. "I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," the actor wrote. "The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn't happen to others. We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.
E! News has reached out to Weinstein, Damon, Crowe and the Afflecks for comment.
On Monday, actress Jessica Chastain spoke out about the Weinstein allegations on Twitter.
In response to Vulture's story about Damon and Crowe's involvement in the 2004 New York Times article about Weinstein, Chastain wrote, "This is heart shattering."
Yes. Im sick of the media demanding only women speak up. What about the men? Perhaps many are afraid to look at their own behavior..... https://t.co/tGUsjUYNMR— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 9, 2017
I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an enviornment for it to happen again.— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 9, 2017
She then tweeted, "Yes. Im sick of the media demanding only women speak up. What about the men? Perhaps many are afraid to look at their own behavior....."
Chastain then told her followers, "I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an enviornment for it to happen again."
She also replied to a tweet asking, "So then why did Harvey distribute a film you produced in Eleanor Rigby then?" Chastain replied, "Because the director wanted him, even after I spoke against it."
When asked if she had done a Weinstein movie Chastain said, "No. He bought films that I already made."