The Hollywood star Rose McGowan of Scream fame took to social media this week to give her thoughts on the sexual harassment scandal involving New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
McGowan fired back in her statement by torching President Joe Biden, her former “Charmed” costar Alyssa Milano, and others for what she feels is their role in the scandal.
She also called out Time’s Up CEO and President Tina Tchen over reports that she allegedly gave Cuomo’s advisors advice on drafting a letter responding to his accusers’ allegations against him.
“Remember when Hollywood actresses & paid off activists wore stupid black dresses at the Oscars? That was sponsored by Times Up who were meant to help abuse victims I told the world they are a lie 3+ years ago,” McGowan wrote.
“I was mocked & harassed by so many who want to believe the illusion. Wake up,” she added. “Hard truths are inconvenient & uncomfortable. So what, suck it up.”
McGowan was referring to the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, where some of the biggest stars wore black outfits to highlight sexual harassment and assault scandals in Hollywood, according to Fox News.
“Milano, TimesUp, fake performatives and profiteers,” McGowan continued. “Alyssa’s statement at the time was gaslighting in full effect. She said of my truth telling ‘Hurt people hurt people.’ No, Alyssa, it’s lizard people like you, SDK Knickerbocker, Gov Cuomo, the Pres, Tina Chen who hurt people. Your time is up. Exit stage left.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James had said in her report that Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, testified that the governor had told her to ask for advice from attorney Roberta Kaplan, who co-founded the Time’s Up legal defense fund with Tchen.
“According to Ms. DeRosa, Ms. Kaplan read the letter to the head of the advocacy group Times Up [Tchen], and both of them allegedly suggested that, without the statements about Ms. Boylan’s interactions with male colleagues, the letter was fine,” James said.
Tchen has denied this, however, saying, “I have never given advice to the Governor or his team.”
“I had a phone call with Robbie Kaplan about a letter she said was being sent by his staffers during which I gave the same advice I give to everyone else: No survivor should be attacked and the truth should be told,” Tchen added.
“I’m furious that the Governor’s office used me and TIME’S UP as a justification for their defense,” she continued. “TIME’S UP is an organization that has always centered survivors while holding those committing harm accountable. Any characterization of us to the contrary is simply not true.”
This piece was written by James Samson on August 8, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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