In a lengthy Instagram post, McGowan gave her reaction to the news as “INDICTED. FINALLY.” She continued: “I’ve been indicted by the media he’s bought out for years to trash me. Now it is a new chapter for both of us.”
Discussing the way she has been treated by the media because of, she says, Weinstein, McGowan wrote: “Media, bloggers, sites have been paid by a serial rapist to slut-shame, body shame, and freedom shame me. The narrative of me – my story – has been sold to you as a work of fiction.”
The actor explained that she made her recent show Citizen Rose to correct how she had been portrayed. “I have always spoken the truth,” she said. “I know what I have achieved to change the world. I am facing time in jail because I wanted a better, freer society.
“I have lived a harder life than most could withstand,” she continued. “I know my truth. And now… for the FINAL episode of Citizen Rose, a show that took blood, sweat and many tears, to simply show what trauma looks like and how we can survive it. I know what I’ve done to change the world. How about you?”
Weinstein has been indicted on two counts of rape and one of a criminal sexual act. He remains free after paying $1 million (£750,000) in bail, and has agreed to wear an electronic monitor, surrender his passport and restrict his travel New York state and Connecticut.
In a statement, Weinstein’s attorney Benjamin Brafman said: “The announcement of Mr Weinstein’s indictment does not come as a surprise. We remind everyone that an indictment is merely a formal accusation. Mr Weinstein intends to enter a plea of not guilty and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies.”