Actress Rose McGowan has canceled all her public appearances after leading an army against Harvey Weinstein sexual assault in Hollywood, according to a film festival.
McGowan has accused the producer of raping her in 1997, and has been the most vocal in calling for the attention around his alleged sexual assault and harassment to change a toxic system.
While she has used her Twitter account to create an online #RoseArmy, a Kansas event where she was set to receive an award says that she is not appearing in public.
We are sorry to announce that we’ve just been informed that Rose McGowan, this years recipient of the Ad Astra Award has canceled all upcoming public appearances due to compounding factors surrounding recent revelations in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case, the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita said in a statement Wednesday night.
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While were disappointed that Rose cannot be with us here in person, we understand that her well-being is the priority, it said, adding that it hopes to amplify her message with a panel of female filmmakers.
Representatives for McGowan did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Thursday.
She previously signed a non-disclosure agreement over the allegation that Weinstein raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, the New York Times reported earlier this month.
The actresss online presence has served as a megaphone for the anger and sadness around Weinstein, calling those who have expressed sympathy for him such as director Woody Allen a vile little worm and helping popularize the hashtag #MeToo, which women used to discuss their experiences of sexual assault and harassment.
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She has also spoken candidly about the difficulty of being repeatedly reminded of the past, and said she is doing the damn best I can.
Seeing your monster’s face everywhere being traumatized, over and over, while getting heat for a mistake is f—ed, McGowan posted on Twitter Monday.
Beyond Weinsteins firing from his company and reported criminal investigations into allegations against him in both the U.S. and United Kingdom, the spotlight shone on the producer has also exposed others in Hollywood.
McGowan said in tweets to Amazon head Jeff Bezos last week that she repeatedly told the head of his companys film studio about Weinsteins attack on her.
Those messages likely referred to Amazon Studios Roy Price, who resigned earlier this week after allegations that he sexually harassed a producer.