McGowan has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and has been a vocal critic of the current culture of Hollywood
Hollywood star Rose McGowan has led criticism against actor Kevin Spacey and accused him of using the revelation he now lives as a gay man to excuse allegedly making a sexual pass at an actor who was underage at the time.
Rose McGowan has been critical of Hollywood's culture of sexual abuse
Kevin Spacey was accused by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp of making a ‘drunken’ sexual advance towards him when he was 14 at the time and Spacey was 26.
The House of Cards actor then issued a statement explaining he did not remember the incident and apologising if it had happened but also used that as a platform to reveal he was now choosing to live as a gay man.
This decision has caused a lot of controversy with many claiming the star should not have combined the two and among the vocal critics has been Rose McGowan.
McGowan has galvanized a number of people after herself coming forward to accuse movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
The former Charmed star has gained a significant following - which she calls #RoseArmy on Twitter - and is a vocal critic of the culture of sexual harassment revealing itself in Hollywood.
Speaking on Twitter about Spacey’s statement in response to his own accusation, the 44-year-old said: "Bye bye, Spacey. Goodbye. It’s your turn to cry. That’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye, #RoseArmy."
Kevin Spacey has been criticised by identifying as gay during an apology for an underage sexual advance allegation
Many followed McGowan's lead to condemn the timing of the announcement.
Jordan Thompson, an activist said: "Feels kinda gross that you’re turning a story that should be about the victim (s)...into a story about you?
"Congrats on coming out, I guess?"
Another, identifying as Sherri, said: "Is Kevin Spacey trying to change the focus from the sexual assault of a 14-year-old to his own sexuality?
"The assault is what matters."
British presenter Sue Perkins said: "Well done Kev. You stay silent on your sexuality until the time comes when you can conflate it with an alleged sexual assault on a minor."
McGowan - who starred in Scream, produced by the Weinstein brothers in the 1990s - has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her and has also claimed she was recently offered £750,000 ($1 million) to stay silent over her sexual assault allegations.
In 1997, McGowan had reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein, but that agreement, she learned this summer, had never included a confidentiality clause.
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