Hollywood superstar Ben Affleck has denied that actress Rose McGowan once told him of being sexually abused by disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, throwing her account into question, as reported by Daily Mail.
Affleck emailed Weinstein in July, denying that McGowan had confided in him about a 1997 sexual assault that occurred at the Sundance Film Festival.
“She never told me nor did I ever infer that she was attacked by anyone. Any accounts to the contrary are false,” he wrote, in a transcript of the email provided by Daily Mail. “I have no knowledge about anything Rose did or claimed to have done. Accounts otherwise are lies.”
The actress’s former manager, Jill Messick, has also denied part of McGowan’s account of events, saying she knew her client entered a hot tub with Weinstein on the night-in-question, but thought it was consensual.
“She was very clear about the fact that getting into that hot tub was something that she did consensually and that in hindsight it was also something that she regretted having done,” she wrote in a statement.
Weinstein’s lawyers did not miss an opportunity to go on the attack, accusing McGowan of making the whole thing up to sell books.
“Watching the performance by Rose McGowan as she looks to promote her new book however, has made it impossible to remain quiet as she tries to smear Mr. Weinstein with a bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses,” they wrote in a statement.
It must be noted, Ben Affleck has faced his own sexual harassment charges. As previously reported by CrimeOnline, a makeup artist has accused him of groping her at a party in 2014, in addition to a similar incident alleged to have occurred in 2003.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and/or assault by dozens of women, many of them prominent actresses.
McGowan appeared on The View yesterday and described a decades-long smear campaign against her by Weinstein and those in his employ.
“The media largely at almost every major media place was bought by him, different people there, and they were paid,” McGowan explained. “I was number one on his target list for 20 years to smear me and create this false identity of like a crazy, off-balanced woman which is what they do to all of us.”
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