Actress Rose McGowan says that celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom offered her $6 million through her literary agent in exchange for a public declaration that accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein “has changed.”
In a lengthy Facebook post, McGowan says that Bloom’s offer stood until the day that the New York Times article exposing decades of sexual assault by Weinstein was published. McGowan refused the offer.
“You know what is truth, Lisa? I feel like people should know that you’ve been calling my literary agent and saying there’d be money for me if I got on the ‘Harvey’s Changed’ bandwagon?” McGowan wrote.
“You told her that I should care about his reputation. How he has a family now and HE has changed,” the actress continued. “Well, guess what? I’ve always had a family and that didn’t stop him from assaulting me.”
McGowan settled a lawsuit against Weinstein for $100,000 over a claim that he raped her in a hotel room in 1997 during the Sundance Film Festival.
Bloom denied McGowan’s allegations. She resigned from her position as Weinstein’s attorney shortly after the New York Times article was published.
“I never called Rose McGowan’s literary agent. I don’t even know who her agent is. I never threatened Rose McGowan, nor offered her money, nor reached out to her,” Bloom told Buzzfeed News. “This is completely false.”
Bloom has said that she made a “colossal mistake” in choosing to represent Weinstein.
“I have withdrawn from my representation of Harvey Weinstein and apologized for being involved in this,” Bloom said. “I am sorry for the pain Rose McGowan is in. But this is completely false.”
McGowan wrote that she did not sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of the settlement, allowing her to go public with her allegation. McGowan said that she and her attorney met with another Weinstein lawyer, Charles Harder, to “find out what you two pigs were going to do to me if I tell the truth,” McGowan wrote.
“I have to pay for two men to have coffee and croissants at a fancy restaurant to discuss my assault and what would happen to me if I didn’t shut up forever,” McGowan wrote.
McGowan also revealed further details about her 1997 settlement with Weinstein, saying that her lawyer suggested a small settlement to get on Weinstein’s good side.
“When I was hurt by the Monster, my then lawyer was someone named David Feldman and he is the one who came at me with the $100,000 offer. He was just trying to curry favor from the swine, Lisa, just like you.”
More than 30 women have now accused Weinstein of sexual assault. After the accusation surfaced, Weinstein was fired from the company he co-founded and expelled from the Motion Picture Academy.