Actress Rose McGowan today claimed that filmmaker Harvey Weinstein ran a “rape factory” and feared he would be acquitted in his trial in New York.
The 46-year-old, who was one of the leading # MeToo activists after accusing Weinstein of sexual abuse, also said she was afraid he would hire a hit man to kill her in the aftermath of her claims.
At Good Morning Britain, McGowan also claimed that Weinstein could be “one of the greatest rapists in history”.
Weinstein was convicted of sexual violence and rape on Monday, more than two years after allegations of the sexual misconduct of the embarrassed film gun triggered the worldwide # MeToo movement.
The 67-year-old producer was acquitted of the most serious indictment for predatory assault, but is confronted with a long prison sentence that can run up to 29 years.
McGowan told GMB today that the guilty judgments were a “huge moment” and that she hoped it would lead to more predators being convicted.
McGowan, speaking through a video link in New York, admitted that she thought Weinstein would not be found guilty.
Rose McGowan spoke about Good Morning Britain through a video link from New York to give her reaction to Harvey Weinstein’s verdict
Actress Margot Robbie posted a message on Instagram in honor of a “victory for survivors everywhere” after the guilty verdicts in the Weinstein case
She also claimed that he could be “one of the greatest rapists in history” and claimed that he had a “rape factory behind the scenes.”
McGowan said, “This is a huge win for all of us who were once struck by Harvey Weinstein. This has so many consequences. It is a huge moment. I thought he would be acquitted. ”
“I never really hope you see it. I realized that the last time I hoped was the moment before I was raped by him and then it survived.
“I had no hope, but not because of the jury, I am very grateful to the jury that it has moved beyond most juries in rape cases.
‘I was worried, it’s hard to talk about it publicly without being charged. But it is an extraordinary moment and it is a turning point.
“It’s an endless situation. This is an incredible achievement to have a woman who has been raped by a prosecutor in court and says, “You did this to me.” That is a privilege. There is an amazing number of victims who never get any kind of justice.
“So, I thought we won by even taking it to court. That is how little we have been taught to expect. “
The actress also said she felt “isolated” and alleged Weinstein tried to silence her with a “machine of monsters,” even afraid she could be killed because of the accusations she made.
Harvey Weinstein arrives on Monday in New York City Supreme Court before being found guilty of rape in the third degree and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree
McGowan admitted she thought Weinstein would not be found guilty and said that the conviction was a “huge moment”
She told GMB: “I am really happy that people are starting to talk about its trauma. You see people and you wonder why they disappear from the screen or their workplace, can you imagine that you have something so traumatic and that you have to keep it isolated in your own soul? That is a brutal form of torture.
‘He [Weinstein] a lot came after me, he and his giant machine of other monsters. People he paid to do cowardly things.
“Things that sound like they’re from a spy novel, but they’re my life. I sat at home and thought I should do the laundry and then thought, “I wonder if he’s convicted, will he hire a assassin to kill me.”
Speaking of how such public allegations have affected her career, McGowan said she was shunned by some in Hollywood.
She added: “It [my career] collapsed immediately. You will be punished time and time again. You are punished by strangers who look at you with this knowing look in their eyes.
“For many women, I imagine they would look at how I was treated and say why would I want to do this? For some it is extremely important to have a voice when they have been silenced for so long. Others can deal with it by talking to people in their own lives.
“It was incredibly insulating and lonely. I went to events and sat next to people in Hollywood that I wouldn’t mention, and they would turn away from me as if I had something they didn’t want to catch. ”
Margot Robbie at the premiere of the movie Birds of Prey in London last week. She sent a message of support after Harvey Weinstein’s judgment in New York
Weinstein was convicted by a jury of sexually abusive former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 (left) and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013 (right)
Talking about whether a sentence of 29 years behind bars was long enough, she concluded: “Personally, I would prefer it to stop. The world would be better off, but I’m glad there is one less serial predator on the street.
It’s an incredible moment … It’s an overwhelming amount of emotions. It is precisely this type of flood gates of stress that are just beginning to subside after being so tall. [But] This whole thing is a tragedy. All this did not have to happen. ”
McGowan summed it up by saying, “I’m still in shock, telling you the truth. I really expected to have to deal with a flood of ‘Is this the end of me too’ [if he had been found not guilty]… I am a bit spun now, but I can tell you that the young girl I was gives a high five to the woman I am today. “
“What this shows is that the old ways to treat rape victims in the stands by treating them ashamed of slut … but now juries will happily look through it.”
The guilty verdicts were praised as a milestone for the # MeToo movement, with prosecutors, activists and lawyers waiting to congratulate prosecutors.
Margot Robbie posted a message on Instagram in honor of a “victory for survivors everywhere” after the guilty verdicts.
TV journalist Lauren Sivan, who claimed that Weinstein had cornered her in the corridor of a restaurant in New York and masturbated for her by a pot plant, also celebrated the sentences.
She told Lorraine Kelly on GMTV: “Absolutely relieved and grateful this is great news for women everywhere for people everywhere, as it shows that men are being held responsible for these types of sexual crimes.
“So many women did not speak out, and even those who did were silenced, he would throw them away at other producer directors to prevent them from working again.
Actress Ashley Judd, one of the first Weinstein accusers to bring her allegations out, thanked the six women who told the controversial lawsuit that the ex-Titan from Hollywood had sexually abused them.
“For the women who have testified in this case and have gone through traumatic hell, you have done a public service for girls and women everywhere, thanks. #ConvictWeinstein #Guilty, “she wrote on Twitter.
Actress Ellen Barkin simply named them after the verdict in a Twitter message.
Harvey Weinstein (center) is led by outsiders from the Manhattan Supreme Court after a jury sentenced him Monday for rape and sexual violence
“Harvey Weinstein is on his way to jail right now. These are the women who put him away … Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Lauren Young, Tarale Wulff, “she tweeted.
McGowan tweeted immediately after the verdict: “Today is a powerful day and a huge step forward in our collective healing.”
The Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her in 1997, posted a picture of herself and another woman on Instagram.
“Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist. Two survivors cry and celebrate. Thank goodness, “she wrote next door.
Actress Rosanna Arquette paid tribute on Twitter to “the brave women who testified and to the jury for seeing through the dirty tactics of the defense.”
Tarana Burke, founder of the # MeToo movement, said in a statement: “The implications echoes far beyond Hollywood and in the daily lives of all of us in the rest of the world.”
Gloria Allred, lawyer for Sciorra and Haleyi, told reporters out of court that “it is no longer normal in the United States.”
Rose McGowan, who said that Harvey Weinstein will finally know what it feels like to “have power around him” after the embarrassed film gun was convicted of rape and sexual violence
“This is the age of women’s empowerment, and you can no longer intimidate them because women are not silenced,” she said.
“They will speak, they will have their voice, they will stand up and be subjected to your small army of lawyers who cross-examine them, trying to discredit them,” Allred added.
Some went to social media to express regret that the jury could not convince Weinstein of predatory assault based on the testimony of “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra.
She testified that Weinstein raped her nearly 30 years ago when the prosecutor wanted to portray him as a sexual predator.
“HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS BUILT BY HAND AND TAKEN TO PRISON!” tweet actress Rosie Perez, who testified on behalf of Sciorra during the trial.
‘IMPOSED FOR MY BEST FRIEND #ANNABELLASCIORRA TELLING TRUTH! STILL CONGRATULATED HAIR AND ALL THAT WERE FORWARD FOR THEIR BEAUTY. THIS IS NOT ENOUGH BUT SURVIVORS TAKE COST! THIS IS STILL A BIG PROFIT! “she wrote.
“#IBelieveAnnabellaSciorra,” wrote actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter.
Journalist and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson simply tweet: “I hope the handcuffs are tight …”