Harvey Weinstein issues fresh denial of Rose McGowan rape allegations

The disgraced movie mogul's lawyer released two emails from Ben Affleck and McGowan's former manager in defence of his client

Harvey Weinstein has freshly denied allegations of rape and sexual assault made by Rose McGowan.

McGowan was one of the first to speak out against Weinstein last year, alleging that the producer raped her. Weinstein, who is the subject of a number of accusations of rape, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, has “unequivocally” denied all allegations.

With McGowan currently on a press tour in promotion of her new docuseries Citizen Rose and book Brave, Weinstein’s lawyer Ben Brafman has issued a new statement in response to the actress’s claims that she was sexually assaulted by the producer at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997 – calling the allegations “a bold lie”.

Brafman has offered two emails sent to Weinstein as a defence against the allegations – one from Ben Affleck (dated July 26 – nearly three months before McGowan’s allegations were made public), and one from McGowan’s former manager Jill Messick.

“As a general matter, Harvey Weinstein and his attorneys have refrained from publicly criticising any of the women who have made allegations of sexual assault against Mr. Weinstein despite a wealth of evidence that would demonstrate the patent falsity of these claims,” the statement, provided to Deadline, says.

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

“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, including Ms. McGowan’s own Manager at the time who Ms. McGowan claims to have confided in the day after the alleged assault and an A-list actor Ben Affleck who Ms. McGowan claims to have also told about her encounter with Mr. Weinstein shortly after the incident she now describes as ‘rape’, but which in 1997 she described to her Manager as a ‘consensual’ act of sex.

“In an email to Mr. Weinstein regarding the encounter, Jill Messick says the following: ‘When we met up the following day, she hesitantly told me of her own accord that during the meeting that night before she had gotten into a hot tub with Mr. Weinstein. 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.’

“Ben Affleck expressed the following in an email to Mr. Weinstein: ‘She never told me nor did I ever infer that she was attacked by anyone. Any accounts to the contrary are false. I have no knowledge about anything Rose did or claimed to have done.'”

McGowan responded to Weinstein’s denial by tweeting: “Fuck you you fucking douche bag loser from hell. You will burn. You will be an empty suit coffin. You go fall off the planet you fuck. “