Rose McGowan has said the woman involved in shouting match at a recent book signing was a “paid plant”.
The actor was taking part in a reading event for her memoir Brave in New York City when a trans woman asked her to comment on controversial remarks she has made about trans women in the past.
“I have a suggestion,” the woman said. “Talk about what you said on RuPaul. Trans women are dying and you said that we, as trans women, are not like regular women. We get raped more often. We go through domestic violence more often. There was a trans woman killed here a few blocks [away]. I’ve been followed home.”
McGowan then interrupted the woman and told her: “Hold on, so have I. We are the same. My point was we are the same. There’s an entire show called ID channel, a network, dedicated to women getting abused, murdered, sexualised, violated, and you’re a part of that too, sister. It’s the same.”
The audience member responded by telling the actor that she does “nothing for them”. “Trans women are in men’s prison’s,” she said. “And what have you done for them?” The pair began shouting at each other, at which point security escorted the trans woman out. While this was happening, McGowan continued, saying: “Don’t label me, sister. Don’t put your labels on me. Don’t you fucking do that.
“Do not put your labels on me. I don’t come from your planet. Leave me alone. I do not subscribe to your rules. I do not subscribe to your language. You will not put labels on me or anybody. Step the fuck back. What I do for the fucking world and you should be fucking grateful. Shut the fuck up. Get off my back. What have you done? I know what I’ve done, goddammit.”
During an on-stage interview with journalist Ronan Farrow last night (February 1) at New York’s 92Y, McGowan addressed the incident.
She said that Harvey Weinstein, who has accused of raping her in 1997, is still “going after her”, with tactics including offering people money to tell the press what hotel room she is staying in. She added that the woman in the crowd at the book signing was a “paid plant” sent to disrupt the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Who else cares?” she reportedly said. “Who else is going to stalk me?”
Weinstein has responded to McGowan’s claims in a statement. “That’s absolutely 100% false,” he said. “No one is monitoring her whereabouts. It’s unfortunate that she is choosing to marginalize a community that is fighting to have their voice heard by claiming that the individual was a “plant” of my client. It’s simply untrue and disrespectful to the Transgender community.”
The filmmaker recently issued a new denial of McGowan’s claims, having previously “unequivocally” denied all allegations. His lawyer Ben Brafman issued a new statement in response to new interviews given by the actor as part of a press tour for her book, in which he called the allegations “a bold lie”.