British newspaper The Observer uncovered an interview with McGowan that had been recorded in January 2017. In it, the actress explained that she had been advised by criminal lawyers not to report the alleged attack to police. She also said she had been blacklisted by Hollywood higher-ups “because I got raped.”
Weinstein denied all rape claims against him. His spokespeople released a statement in response to the accusations. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein… Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.” The statement ended with the hope for “a second chance.”
However, the denial did little to stop more accusations coming. As Weinstein’s wife filed for divorce and criminal investigations began to open up, the outpouring of anger caused a domino effect. Twitter users began using the hashtag #MeToo to share their own stories of sexual harassment or abuse. Then, more allegations were made against the powerful and famous.