Rose McGowan | RENA LAVERTY/AFP/Getty Images
As one of Harvey Weinstein’s first accusers, Rose McGowan helped shape the #MeToo movement into what it has become today. After alleging that the disgraced movie mogul raped her in a hotel room, she has helped others come forward with their own stories of sexual assault. But on the first anniversary of the movement, the actress landed in hot water over some controversial comments.
In October 2018, a year after she went on the record with her accusations against Weinstein McGowan clarified her remarks published in London’s Sunday Times which claimed that she said #MeToo is “all bull.”
“I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever,” she tweeted. “I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous s**tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.”
McGowan later shared videos in which she voiced her support for #MeToo, saying, “I’m just here to say that #MeToo is important, it’s honest, and it’s our experience. It is not a lie,” she said in one clip. “For some reason, there are people in the media that will try to bring it down. But I say stand strong. Again, it’s simply our shared experience. That is what #MeToo is, and it’s beautiful.”
A year prior to the Sunday Times interview, McGowan was mentioned in the explosive New York Times article which detailed sexual assault allegations against Weinstein dating back over a decade. It was reported that McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with the producer following an alleged assault during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. McGowan also accused Weinstein of blacklisting her and damaging her career.
Rose McGowan | Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival
For anyone who forgot before she became the face of #MeToo, McGowan was featured in several TV shows, movies, and had quite a few endorsement deals. Here’s more on her career and how much she is worth today.
McGowan was born in 1973 in Certaldo, Italy, to American parents who moved back to the U.S. when she was 10. By the time she was a teenager, McGowan had moved to L.A. to become an actress. She made her TV debut in an episode of True Colors and her big screen debut playing Nora in the 1992 comedy Encino Man. But she is perhaps best known for the role of Paige Matthews in the acclaimed supernatural series Charmed and as Tatum Riley in the iconic 1996 slasher film Scream.
Today, she has an estimated net worth of $6 million and made the bulk of money starring in several more movies including Going All The Way, Devil in the Flesh, Ready to Rumble, The Black Dahlia, and the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian. McGowan reportedly earned over $5 million for those films.
She also received around $500,000 from her endorsement deals over the years as an ambassador for the Palladium jewelry line and when was the face of the clothing line Bebe from 1998 to 1999. Throughout her career, she has also been featured on the cover of multiple magazines such as Seventeen, Maxim, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone.
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