– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Everyday it seems like another layer is peeled back in the saga that is Harvey Weinstein. A few weeks back, it was revealed that the Hollywood mogul had sexually assaulted, raped, or harassed a dozen or so women in the business, and in the time since the original New York Times article was published, many others have come forward.

One such woman who’s been especially vocal has been Rose McGowan, who claims Weinstein raped her back in 1997. The actress may be most recently known (and perhaps most notably for my generation) for her role in Planet Terror, which was written and directed by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

In an extended statement to Variety, Rodriguez chronicled McGowan’s own story through his perspective.

He recalled meeting McGowan back in 2005, where she said she wish she could have been in Sin City. The reason she didn’t audition, it turns out, was because she had been blacklisted from working on Weinstein movies. It was then that she told him the story of what happened between her and Weinstein.

Rodriguez then revealed to McGowan that he was working on the Grindhouse movie with Quentin Tarantino (Rodriguez’s half of the film would be called Planet Terror), and that he would write her as the badass lead.

“I wanted her to have a starring role in a big movie to take her OFF the blacklist, and the best part is that we would have Harvey’s new Weinstein Company pay for the whole damn thing.

Just as I finished telling Rose this, I saw Harvey walking around the party! I called Harvey over to our table, and as soon as he got close enough to see that I was sitting with Rose, his face dropped and went ghostly white. I said, ‘Hey Harvey, this is Rose McGowan. I think she’s amazing and really talented and I’m going to cast her in my next movie.’ Harvey then dribbled all over himself in the most over the top performance I’d ever seen as he gushed, ‘Oh she’s wonderful, oh she’s amazing, oh she’s fantastic, oh she’s so talented… You two should definitely work together.’ And then he skittered off. I knew right then that every word Rose told me was true, you could see it all over his face.”

As a result of this, Weinstein buried Grindhouse, and Rodriguez seems to blame him for the reason the film flopped in theaters. Ultimately, it sounds like it cost both him and McGowan a lot to pull that move. With the cat now out of the bag, Rodriguez was finally able to tell his long story.

To check out the whole thing, click HERE.

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SOURCE: Variety

  • secretAGENTman

    Even if his next film is a sequel to Shark
    Boy & Lava Girl OR a new Spy Kids turd…

    I’ll still buy a ticket to it. We gotta stick by the women in our life and in the world.

    A few scummy vermin-men, have got nothing on the rest of us gentleman.

    Harvey, I hope you end up in jail for the rest of your life, and end up with many, many aggressively loving new husbands in said jail.


  • Victor Roa

    damage control?
    Don’t know, he still did a FUCK TON of business with Weinstein, with most women who have spoken out you tend to see a timeline like 3 to 4 films with Miramax and then onto TV, a series of romantic comedies with a big studio, volunteer work, their own business, or become their own producers where they can avoid him like the plague. Robert….. hasn’t, ever since Desperado he’s avoided any corporate studio and tried to do things on his own….. and that’s where Weinstein steps in.
    I don’t know man, like Robert Rodriguez kinda stinks at the moment because a lot of the controversy is everyone going “why didn’t you do anything sooner?” Rose has always been outspoke since dating Manson so of course she told Robert about it. And like the more this goes on just reminded Entertainment Weekly articles from 1999 going “why can’t Smith, Tarantino or Rodriguez quit Weinstien.”
    Of course those articles are more about producer editing choices or interference, but still the hints were always there.
    To be fair, Robert has been progressive for the women who worked for him like he’s had his own sister on Sin City, the girl from spy kids in machete and of course there’s this famous press event where he got Rick Perry to fund Machete
    And then Alex Jones went off the deep end 8 months later.

  • SaiyanHeretic

    I really liked Grindhouse. Not exactly a packed crowd when I went to see it, but those of us in the theater knew what we were in for and had a lot of fun.

  • randomironicname

    This is a nice story and all but I would be more inclined to believe that he only made her his leading lady so that she would fuck him.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.