Back in February, Rose McGowan’s book tour for Brave showed signs of possibly going down in flames. So Rose decided to take a little time out from the spotlight. Rose is back to promote the next episodes of her E! docuseries Citizen Rose, and clearly she’s been storing thoughts like a squirrel stores nuts for the winter, because she’s got a lot to say.
Rose spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, who recently followed her from New York to Virginia to fight a drug possession charge (one she believes was orchestrated by “the monster” Harvey Weinstein). In January, Rose claimed she was being forced to sell her house to pay her legal bills. In March she reportedly sold it for $1.9 million. Rose says she has moved away from Los Angeles, hopefully permanently, and has bounced from a pony farm to a retirement community in Florida. For now she plans on roaming, and hopes to settle in London, New York, or India.
While she didn’t get into Harvey too much (she basically just says she hopes he goes to jail, but isn’t very hopeful), she does talk at length about a previous interview she did with Ronan Farrow. Rose spoke to Ronan for the exposé he did on Harvey Weinstein. It eventually was published by The New York Times, but it was originally made for NBC, who declined to air it. According to Rose, she’s the reason Ronan had to find his exposé a new home.
“NBC took a lot of heat for killing the story. But I actually served Ronan with a cease and desist – two of them. I did not want my rape spoken about over breakfast cereal on the Today show. I’d heard about Matt Lauer. You can’t tell me the people at the top of NBC aren’t aware. Come on.
I was never going to let my story be on NBC, but I wanted to ensure that the Times would do it, and everybody before had folded. So I pitted [Farrow] against The New York Times. I understand how men work and how Hollywood works and how power works. People are going to be much more interested in going down the line with something if they know they’re competing with somebody else.”
Sources tell THR that Rose didn’t express any concern at the time about Matt Lauer. Both NBC and Ronan declined to comment. Rose adds she didn’t go on record with her story during the first round of Harvey exposés, because she had a book coming out with the details, and also because she didn’t want to take away from the other womens’ stories.
Rose was also asked about her feud with Meryl Streep. As you may recall, Rose called Meryl an Academy Award-winning liar after Meryl claimed she had no idea about Harvey Weinstein’s reputation. Meryl responded by claiming she tried to reach out to Rose on the phone, but never heard back. Apology or not, Rose still thinks Meryl was pulling a Pinocchio. Or possibly was channeling the see no evil/hear no evil monkeys.
“It still makes me mad. If I was living next door to someone and I heard them beating up their kid every night, I wouldn’t turn my TV up louder. I would be in there, doing every single thing I could to help that kid and get them out and get them a new life. But that’s me, and I have to come to peace with the fact that not everybody’s like that.”
Rose then came for Barack Obama. Rose met Obama in December at a leadership summit in India. Rose is pissed he didn’t address her fight against Harvey Weinstein.
“I was disappointed he didn’t acknowledge a global fight, let alone mine. It was after everything had come out. I was sitting right in front of him, and he would not meet my eyes, and then at the last minute, he asked for Naomi Campbell to be put in a photo with us. All he said was: ‘You ladies sure know how to pose.’ I wanted him to be better.”
As for her drug charge, Rose went to a hearing on May 3rd, and a judge determined there’s enough evidence to present the case to a grand jury. Her next hearing is June 11. If she’s indicted, she could face a maximum of ten years in prison.
The thing about Meryl is a real “pick your battles” situation to me, but I think Rose might have read the situation with Obama wrong. I’d say Obama played it safe by keeping the conversation about posing. If he’d gotten personal with Rose, there’s a chance Naomi’s selective hearing might have overheard the magic word (fight) and started one. “Excuse me, who said anything about a fight? Do I look like I want to fight? Don’t think I can’t take on two of you.”