One of the millions of allegations against Harvey Weinstein was Rose McGowan’s claim that he raped her at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and gave her $100,000 in hush money. Not long after Rose said fuck it to any possible NDAs and said that Harvey did rape her, her former boyfriend and Grindhouse co-director Robert Rodriguez chimed in, saying he and Rose plotted to sell Grindhouse to Dimension as an act of revenge. Except according to Rose, Robert’s story needs a little footnote about how she believes he manipulated her by using her assault against her.
Rose spoke to Vanity Fair about her upcoming memoir, BRAVE, and talked a little bit about appearing in Grindhouse and her relationship with Robert Rodriguez. Ten years after her alleged assault and settlement, Rose was cast by Robert to star in Grindhouse, which was distributed by TWC’s sister company Dimension Films. Rose felt like she was getting blacklisted by Harvey (huh, no kidding). Robert allegedly schemed with Rose to have her star in Grindhouse as an act of revenge against Harvey. Robert had made multiple films with Dimension. His Grindhouse co-director Quentin Tarantino made all his films with Harvey.
But Rose says Robert’s intentions weren’t so chivalrous. She says she trusted him enough to tell him about her assault, which she believes he used against her in a rotten way.
McGowan fell hard and fast, trusting Rodriguez enough to tell him about her experience with Weinstein. He proceeded to use the knowledge against her, she claims, as a tool for mind games, starting with a scene in which Tarantino, playing a character in his movie, attacks McGowan’s character. “I was in a backward world. I was losing my grip on sanity.” In what McGowan interpreted as the ultimate act of cruelty, Rodriguez “sold our film to my monster.”
Robert obviously didn’t like Rose painting over his valiant boyfriend story with a top coat of oil-based asshole. He released a statement to Vulture yesterday regarding Rose’s comments to Vanity Fair. He’s not having it:
“There are some key factual errors in the piece. These inaccuracies may appear to put me at odds with Rose, but I have no quarrel with her. It’s when publications don’t fact check these basic things, you end up with something inaccurate that then has to be disqualified.”
Robert claims the Weinstein brothers were already attached to fund Grindhouse before Rose was cast. According to Robert, the Weinsteins got involved in the project in November 2005, and Rose began filming in March 2006. He says there was plenty of time for Rose to back out of the Weinstein-funded film before shooting even began.
He also calls BS on Rose’s claim that he used her rape as a shady inspiration for the scene featuring Quentin. He claims Quentin’s character was in every draft of the script dating back to the one he initially sent to cast and crew in January 2006, and that that scene didn’t begin filming until July 2006. He says:
“If there was any objection to the scene there was plenty of time to address it. It was never brought up as being an issue. In fact, the point of the scene was always to be empowering because it’s when her character turns the tables against her oppressors.”
Rose hasn’t responded to Robert’s criticism of her Vanity Fair piece. But it would appear Robert isn’t the only one who has an issue with Vanity Fair.
Rose McGowan vs The World is the headline for a Vanity Fair article that’s out now. Let me correct you VF: it’s Rose McGowan vs rapists, child molesters and a toxic group of sociopath enablers. Like the pictures though.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) January 4, 2018
So I guess all that’s left is for Rose to respond saying she did try to speak up, or that she felt like she couldn’t speak up, or whatever. And I’ll believe her, because this all happened on a Quentin Tarantino set. It’s probably hard to get any words heard when you’ve got to compete with Quentin’s notorious mouth running at full-speed.