Rose McGowan Pens Open Letter to Hollywood After Rape Claim: 'Be Brave'
By Raphael Chestang
Rose McGowan is urging Hollywood to "be brave" after she spoke up last week about her alleged rapist.
The actress tweeted a powerfully worded message on Monday addressing "the women and men in the entertainment industry who know exactly whom and what I am talking about," and while it doesn't mention the subject matter specifically, it does issue a stern warning.
"Do not work with those you know to be offenders or you are no better than they. Take a stand," McGowan wrote. "You are culpable for your actions. Stop rewarding sociopaths. Every time you sanction abhorrent behavior, you are aiding and abetting a crime, that makes you no better than the criminal."
Monday's open letter follows messages McGowan posted on Thursday, Oct. 13, in which she claimed she was raped by a studio head, only to see the alleged perpetrator adulated in "Hollywood/Media" while she was "shamed."
"How many more stories do you have to hear before you do the right thing and stop rewarding men that are predators? Why are you so cowardly that you would take the softer, easier way out?" she tweeted Monday. "I can tell you this, your soul is a blighted one if you do so. Your personal legacy, the very fabric of your being, is at stake, so fight for it. I know you have it in you to be better. I know you have it in you to break free from the bonds of secrecy. So do it."
This isn't the first time McGowan has spoken publicly about being a survivor of sexual assault. In August, she reportedly shared an original poem about her experience at a Brooklyn event protesting convicted sex offender Brock Turner's six-month jail sentence.