Late Wednesday night, actress and alleged Harvey Weinstein sexual assault victim Rose McGowan said she'd been suspended from Twitter, posting a screenshot of the suspension on her Instagram account.
McGowan has been a key figure in the exposure of the big-time Hollywood producer, publicly sharing her story of alleged assault and using her Twitter account to call out those whom she claims are complicit in Weinstein's alleged decades-long behavior, such as actors Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, and Matt Damon.
"TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE," McGowan captioned her Instagram message, clearing alluding to some sort of conspiracy to shut her up.
After a bombshell report from The New York Times broke on Thursday, reports of Weinstein's alleged predatory actions have been streaming in; the producer has been accused of several acts of sexual harassment, assault, and even rape by three women. According to the accusations, the producer used his Hollywood clout to pressure actresses into bizarre sexual favors, such as making them watch him shower or masturbate, in exchange for a boost to their careers, or, alternatively, a threat to torpedo it if they refused. Weinstein has reportedly paid out millions in at least eight settlements regarding such matters.
The disturbing reports, and damning leaked audio, were buttressed with talk that Weinstein's abuses were an open secret in Hollywood, suggesting a coverup. Actors Russell Crowe and Matt Damon were even accused of helping to squash a 2004 expose on Weinstein, thought Damon has publicly come forward to deny he had any knowledge concerning the producer's sexual misconduct.
McGowan claims the coverup is indeed real, posting both explicit and cryptic messages (before her suspension) on Twitter, calling out Hollywood stars by name:
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, "The NYT reported that McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an encounter in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997."