Rose McGowan hits back after Harvey Weinstein lawyers call her sexual assault claims “bold lies”

We told you earlier this week that Rose McGowan was selling her house to fund her ongoing legal battle with Harvey Weinstein. And now it looks like things have definitely escalated in the Rose McGowan vs Harvey Weinstein case.

Harvey Weinstein’s legal team issued a statement which essentially suggested that Rose McGowan had lied about being sexually assaulted by the disgraced producer.

And her team, as a result, haven’t taken it lying down…

“As a general matter, Harvey Weinstein and his attorneys have refrained from publicly criticizing 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,” Harvey Weinstein’s attorney Ben Brafman said in his statement.

“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.”

“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.”

This new statement from Harvey Weinstein’s legal team comes following emails to Rose McGowan’s former manager Jill Messick and Ben Affleck, who she emailed after the alleged incident took place…

“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,’” Brafman added.

Rose’s team have naturally fought back, and have issued a lengthy statement to Deadline, suggesting that the comments from Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers “unequivocally prove a continued attempt to malign, smear and ‘slut shame’” the actress.

“It is an affront not only to Rose but to the hundreds of women who have come forward with their stories of harassment, sexual abuse and rape perpetrated by Mr. Weinstein and those like him,” the statement said.

“This is a sad, pathetic old-fashioned sexist attempt to undermine obvious truth and the gaslighting will no longer be tolerated. The ‘performance’ is him and his complicity machine, and they are bad actors.”

“This is a sad, pathetic old-fashioned sexist attempt to undermine obvious truth and the gaslighting will no longer be tolerated. The ‘performance’ is him and his complicity machine, and they are bad actors.”

“Mr. Weinstein has used his power to violate Rose in all too many ways.  Mr. Weinstein’s attempts to discredit Rose is part of his 20 year-long campaign to silence her, clearly proving he IS the monster so many women have described him to be.

“Like so many other #MeToo’s, Rose will continue to push back at ingrained thought and a corrupt power structure.”

This is far from over, so we’ll keep you posted with more developments.