Rose McGowan claims in a new interview that Matt Lauer was the reason she pulled an on-camera interview with NBC about sexual harassment in Hollywood.
“I did not want my rape spoken about over breakfast cereal on the ‘Today’ show,” McGowan told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’d heard about Matt Lauer. You can’t tell me the people at the top of NBC aren’t aware. Come on.”
However, following an internal investigation of NBC News, NBC says it doesn’t believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division and that current management wasn’t aware of Lauer’s behavior until the complaint that doomed him.
“Charmed” star McGowan sat for an on-camera interview with Ronan Farrow back in January 2017 when he was working on a Harvey Weinstein exposé at the network. But her attorneys later revoked consent. “NBC took a lot of heat for killing the story,” McGowan recalls to the Hollywood Reporter. “But I actually served Ronan with a cease and desist — two of them.”
Explains McGowan — who later spoke to the New York Times about a settlement agreement with Weinstein stemming from an alleged 1997 assault in a Sundance hot tub — “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.”
The New York Times and Farrow at the New Yorker then published back-to-back reports last October about Weinstein which won the publications a joint Pulitzer. Weinstein accuser Asia Argento told THR: “When I spoke to Ronan [for the New Yorker piece], I heard that Rose had the same experience I did. I reached out to her from Paris on Sept. 28, and we spoke all night. Without her, I wouldn’t have gone on the record. Rose is a hero to me.”
THR reports that NBC sources said McGowan “did not express concern at the time about Lauer,” who was fired amid sexual harassment allegations in November. An NBC rep declined to comment to Page Six.
A source also told the Hollywood Reporter that McGowan did not mention Weinstein by name in her pulled NBC interview. In her recent memoir “Brave,” McGowan recalls being sexually assaulted by Weinstein, but only calls him “the Monster.” She also recounted the alleged 1997 incident on her E! series “Citizen Rose” and Weinstein’s lawyer then fired back by denying McGowan’s claims and saying she was using them to promote her book. Weinstein has denied any non-consensual sex.
Meantime, empowered actress-activist McGowan also hints in the THR interview that six months after going public with the allegations, she’s in an exciting new relationship.
“I’m with an activist and a very awake individual,” she says. “When the wreckage of the past gets cleared away, you can see your future a lot more clearly. There are things I didn’t really know about myself. I’ve been a lot happier in this last month than I have been in a long time … It takes a very complex and adventurous human to want to be with me.”
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