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Rose McGowan says she’s ‘in a good place’ after rapist Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison sentence


Rose McGowan has said that she is ‘in a good place now’ that Harvey Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault.

The disgraced movie mogul, 68, was convicted in March in a landmark #MeToo case that ended with six of his accusers sobbing and hugging each other from the front row of the courtroom. 

McGowan, 46, who was one of the leading activists of the global movement and accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s, has now shared that she is ‘in a good place’ following the court verdict.

'Good place': Rose McGowan has said that she is 'in a good place now' after Harvey Weinstein's 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault (pictured outside court in January)

‘Good place’: Rose McGowan has said that she is ‘in a good place now’ after Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault (pictured outside court in January) 

Speaking at all-female members club, the AllBright’s digital event series for Mental Health Awareness Week, the Charmed star said: ‘I’m in a good place now because nine/ten weeks ago he was put in prison.

‘Although I hear he’s in the hospital because he’s too scared to be in general population. He’s always faking something.’

Weinstein was hospitalised with chest pains hours after receiving a 23-year sentence. Later in March, he reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and was put in isolation for 14-days at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York. 

He is now being held in the prison’s residential mental health unit, where he remains on suicide watch, a prison official said in April.  

Weinstein was convicted of raping an aspiring actress in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant in 2006.  

Convicted: The disgraced movie mogul, 68, was convicted in March in a landmark #MeToo case that ended with six of his accusers sobbing and hugging each other from the front row of the courtroom (pictured outside court on February 24)

Convicted: The disgraced movie mogul, 68, was convicted in March in a landmark #MeToo case that ended with six of his accusers sobbing and hugging each other from the front row of the courtroom (pictured outside court on February 24) 

#MeToo movement: McGowan, 46, who was one of the leading activists of the global movement and accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s, has now shared that she is 'in a good place' following the court verdict (pictured together in 2007)

#MeToo movement: McGowan, 46, who was one of the leading activists of the global movement and accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s, has now shared that she is ‘in a good place’ following the court verdict (pictured together in 2007) 

McGowan went on to share that creativity has been her ‘antidote’ to her past trauma and claimed that she had a nervous breakdown ‘during the whole thing’.

The American actress continued: ‘I wrote the book Brave and recorded Planet 9 simultaneously; they go together… 

‘I had this incredible workload for three-and-a-half years, and I did that because I knew that after I was done fighting the bad guys and bad women (if you’re ever done), that I would have no Hollywood career. 

‘Planet 9 is the happy reward for going through Brave because Brave is tough at times… it’s a book that gets you brave but you have to go through a lot with me to get there.’

McGowan released her music album, Planet 9, in April where she whispers songs to soothe people and her memoir Brave, which documents Weinstein’s sexual assault, in 2018.      

Speaking out: Speaking at all-female members club, the AllBright's digital event series for Mental Health Awareness Week, the Charmed star said: 'I'm in a good place now because nine/ten weeks ago he was put in prison.' (pictured in October)

Speaking out: Speaking at all-female members club, the AllBright’s digital event series for Mental Health Awareness Week, the Charmed star said: ‘I’m in a good place now because nine/ten weeks ago he was put in prison.’ (pictured in October) 

The star added: ‘I’ll be honest, I think at one point during the whole thing, I think I had now what I know to be a nervous breakdown, and I didn’t know, I don’t know who could of survived it…

HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S AILING HEALTH 

From the start, Weinstein’s use of a walker to get in and out of court each day at his trial raised questions about his health. 

He left court in an ambulance after the guilty verdict and detoured to Bellevue Hospital, complaining of chest pains and high blood pressure. 

Weinstein later had a stent inserted to unblock an artery. 

After his sentencing, he returned with more chest pains.

In addition to the heart issues, Weinstein’s lawyers have said he was also dealing with the ramifications of unsuccessful back surgery stemming from a car crash last summer and a condition that requires shots in his eyes so he does not go blind. 

‘They drive us to die, and they drive us to commit suicide, and that’s what they were trying to do and my brain at one point just snapped under the pressure.’

McGowan added that she was ‘working toward steadily taking [Weinstein] down for years’ and became used to ‘being hated’ after becoming a polarising figure.

She said: ‘Sometimes I just think I’m a freak. I’ve always been the same… but when I shaved my head, people could hear the words coming out of my mouth. I knew what I was setting up, I was working toward steadily taking [Weinstein] down for years. 

‘And again, that’s why I created Brave and Planet 9 – I had to write my way out of Hollywood which I call a cult because I grew up in one and I would know.’

McGowan claimed that Weinstein ‘paid’ people to trash her and ‘disregard me as a drug addict, a crazy woman, a w***e’.

She continued: ‘The standard playbook that they do for anybody that comes forward about sexual assault, whether they’re known or unknown. But then the sad thing is when people join in; when people believe it. 

She added: 'Although I hear he's in the hospital because he's too scared to be in general population. He's always faking something.' (Weinstein pictured outside court in February)

She added: ‘Although I hear he’s in the hospital because he’s too scared to be in general population. He’s always faking something.’ (Weinstein pictured outside court in February) 

‘I was so used to being hated in a way, for so long that I was like – well I might as well give you a reason to hate me. And I might as well help a lot of people while I can. 

‘Because I do have a special weird superpower. I don’t know what it is by name, but I can cut through the noise and I do it effectively.’

McGowan concluded her interview by revealing that she feels ‘safer’ during lockdown, she said: ‘I feel safer because people can’t get to me for once.’

The star joined The AllBright Group and Let’s Reset as part of their digital event series for Mental Health Awareness Week.  

McGowan has previously claimed that she forwent having children so she could ‘keep on fighting’ against Weinstein and insisted she won’t be free of the disgraced mogul until one of them is dead. 

Health: Weinstein was hospitalised with chest pains hours after receiving a 23-year sentence. Later in March, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was put in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York (pictured in September 2017)

Health: Weinstein was hospitalised with chest pains hours after receiving a 23-year sentence. Later in March, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was put in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York (pictured in September 2017) 

In an interview with The Guardian, she told that her battle against the disgraced producer has been ‘very calculated’, but insisted it will not be over until ‘he’s dead – or I am’. 

On the day of the conviction, McGowan claimed that Weinstein was running a ‘rape factory’ and feared he would be exonerated in his New York trial, and also admitted said she feared he would hire a hitman to kill her in the wake of her claims.

McGowan told GMB the guilty verdicts were a ‘huge moment’ and that she hoped it would lead to more predators being convicted.

She said: ‘This is a huge victory for all of us who have ever been affected by Harvey Weinstein. This affects so many. It’s a huge moment. I thought he was going to exonerated.

Trauma: McGowan went on to share that creativity has been her 'antidote' to her past trauma and claimed that she had a nervous breakdown 'during the whole thing' (pictured in October)

Trauma: McGowan went on to share that creativity has been her ‘antidote’ to her past trauma and claimed that she had a nervous breakdown ‘during the whole thing’ (pictured in October) 

‘I never really had hope you see. I realised the last time I had hope was the moment before I was raped by him and after that it became survival.

‘I didn’t have hope but not because of the jury, I’m very grateful to that jury for getting further than most jury’s get in rape cases.

‘I was worried, it’s hard to speak publicly about it without getting sued. But it’s an extraordinary moment and it’s a watershed moment.

‘It’s a never-ending kind of situation. This is an unbelievable achievement to have a woman who was raped by an accuser in court and saying ”You did this to me”. That is a privilege. 

‘There’s an astounding number of victims who never get any kind of measure of justice. So, I found it, we were winning by even having it in court. That’s how little we’ve been taught to expect.’    

Feeling safe: McGowan concluded her interview by revealing that she feels 'safer' during lockdown, she said: 'I feel safer because people can't get to me for once.' (pictured in November)

Feeling safe: McGowan concluded her interview by revealing that she feels ‘safer’ during lockdown, she said: ‘I feel safer because people can’t get to me for once.’ (pictured in November) 



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