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Friday 19 October 2018

Rose McGowan reads letter to Hollywood at London literary event

The letter called for the industry to stop working with predators before she went on to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape.

Rose McGowan helped trigger Harvey Weinstein's downfall (Ian West/PA)
Rose McGowan helped trigger Harvey Weinstein's downfall (Ian West/PA)

By Sam Blewett, Press Association

Rose McGowan has appeared at a literary event in London to read the letter she penned to Hollywood calling for the industry to stop rewarding predators.

The actress received praise for the reading at the Letters Live event in Islington on Friday night.

McGowan, 44, wrote the letter in 2016 before she went on to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape, in what would help cement the movie mogul’s downfall and trigger the Me Too movement.

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McGowan at the lectern of the Union Chapel

Sue Perkins and Benedict Cumberbatch were also among those at the event that sees stars read important letters of history.

McGowan’s letter, which she addressed on Twitter “Dear Hollywood”, called for men and women to stop working with offenders.

“Every time you sanction abhorrent behaviour, you are aiding and abetting a crime, that makes you no better than the criminal,” she wrote.

Letters Live described the reading at the sold-out Union Chapel as “quite a moment”, while attendee Caroline Cook praised McGowan as an “amazing, inspiring and brave woman”.

McGowan was among the first of around 100 women to accuse Weinstein, 65, of sexual harassment and assault.

His fall from grace sparked a reckoning in Hollywood and led to allegations being publicly aired against high-profile figures including Kevin Spacey and Louis CK.

Weinstein apologised for his past behaviour, but has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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