Rose McGowan speaks out on alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein

McGowan, one of the original women who ignited the #MeToo movement, talks to "GMA" about her new book "Brave" and describes her own experience of what she says was sexual assault.
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We begin with rose Mcgowan. She is one of the women who ignited the me too movement calling out the man who she says sexually assaulted her saying she is a victim but also a survivor and we'll speak to rose in a moment but first her story. She was one of the first to sound the alarm in Hollywood. For Weinstein it has been a swift and severe fall from grace. The new fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Reporter: In a role she thought she'd never find herself in leading the charge against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut shamed. I have been harassed. I've been maligned and you know what, I'm just like you. Reporter: Mcgowan accusing him of sexual assault in 1997 saying her life was hijacked. Determined to find her voice she took to Twitter last October to publicly call out Weinstein tweeting hw raped me. Her series of tweets helping empower almost 100 other women to come forward about Weinstein's behavior. Rose, right here. Reporter: Igniting a movement, #rosearmy also putting all of Hollywood on notice for anyone who may have known about or enabled Weinstein's behavior. Overnight, Weinstein's rep releasing a statement reading, Mr. Weinstein denies rose Mcgowan's allegations of nonconsensual sexual contact and it is erroneous and irresponsible to conflate claims of inappropriate behavior and consensual sexual contact later regretted with an untrue claim of rape. I'm not answering any questions. Reporter: A star on the rise, Mcgowan playing strong female characters in "Scream." It's not going to be till daybreak. Reporter: And "Phantoms" with Ben Affleck both produced by Harvey Weinstein which forced her to promote movies with the man she despised most and in "Brave" she describes having to work with him. I had to do press events with the monster and see photos of us together. His big fat paw pulling me into his body. Smiling and laughing on the outside. Tortured, she says, by Weinstein, who she calls a monster on the inside. Quote, I do not like the monster's name, I refuse to have his name in my book. And we're here now with rose Mcgowan, the author of "Brave." What a title. Right off the bat you say it's not a tell all, it is a tell it like it is book. Twitter, did you have any idea that that series of twes would help in leading with this movement. Why women don't report? Uh-huh. I put that out as a call. Come on, it's time, journalist, let's go. It was like I said everything but the name so draw your conclusions but even still the media would not report on it and I knew they wouldn't because they had failed for so many years. You won't even use his name. It's an ugly name. I think we all know that. You go into great detail in the book talking about 1997, sundance film festival. Walking into that hotel. What was going through your mind? Well, that morning I turned to the camera on my way in. There was a camera following me, a day in the life of rose Mcgowan. It did turn out to be a day in the life 6 rose Mcgowan and I walked in and for me he is a sick person. He has a sick mind but what about all the others and there's so many. The machinery set up in every country he would go to for the handlers to hand him the victims from starting with the agents and managers and ending up and one of the things people don't understand about the hotel room specifically is people think it's like you open the door and there is a bed. These are people with the entire presidential suite. That means it's the entire top floor of a hotel. Usually three offices so and it was not unusual, I've auditioned in many hotel rooms, the director comes and sits and that's how it goes. You talk about that fateful meeting and wrote about it and talked about when you were leaving the room and this is what you said when you walked out, you said I feel a hand on my back and pushes me farther into the tiny incredibly hot room, everything at this point happened so quickly and yet so slowly. I'm confused as to why I'm in this room and then you go on to say, rose, it all happened so fast, my clothes are getting peeled off me and only gets worse. Only gets worse from there in what you wrote. Foezen. Helpless. What were you feeling? A lot of victims and survivors will say they detach, you know, and you really do. You float up above your body because you're trying to figure out -- my brain was literally when he grabbed me I was thinking, oh, I hope I still have lipstick on for the camera so your brain is in another place and awe of a sudden your body is like what, what, what and this is not what I expected at 10:00 in the morning, you know. And my then manager got a job with had imfor seven years after that. You do the math. You do talk about all the people around him and in Hollywood and enablers and that and something about when you left there, okay, this happens to you, that fateful meeting. You still have events to do. Your co-star is Ben Affleck and wrote about this in the book. Had you to go to an event with him after. Did you say anything to him? Did he say anything, Ben Affleck. I looked at him an I must have had tears in my eyes because I remember shaking and I said I just came from a meeting with him and I said his name and he goes, that's when he said, goddamnn it I told him to stop doing that. It's like you file it away for a later date to pick through but you analyze every single move that happened and the complicity machine and I started hammering that word three years ago. I came -- three years ago I was like, okay, let's go. Let's get smarter 10%. I wonder if I can change the world by 10%. That was my goal. 10%. 10%. Ben Affleck did not -- we tried to reach him for comment but he has -- he has supported you. In the past in his comments and supporting you but we did reach out to him but we did not get a response. Everybody knew. You really believe that. I know that. I was there. You know, people kind of think like I don't know these people that I'm on the outside like they are looking in. Huh-uh. Someone asked me who I would be if I was a character in "Oz," "The wizard of oz." I would be the curtain. I would be the one that saw both sides that no one noticed that was pretty to be used and discarded when done. I was the curtain and absorbed from both sides how to sell to the audience and how to be sold. And you're pulling back that curtain. Why not? You know, nobody talks but to me, the truth isn't revolutionary. It's just the truth and I figure if other people -- I'm not that unique. So if I'm thinking it I'm pretty sure other people are thinking it but a lot of people are like maybe this isn't real because there's such gas lighting in this culture. There's such -- it's blue outside today. The sky is blue and you're thinking, no, it's gray. And you have to fight to keep that voice with everything coming at you that tells you, you're wrong and you're bad and you're dirty because people would come up to me on the streets of Hollywood, hey, did you get any good blah, blah, blah scripts lately and systemic, you know. His number two, this woman named Meryl poster. She's not mentioned in any of this stuff but you see the complicity machine at his studio, his latest one, if he had to pay out a victim $100,000 he had to pay the board back $250,000. It was a fund that they had so when I say it's a complicity machine, it is. How has it impacted your career? $100,000 settlement with him. I tried to buy a billboard. You tried to buy a billguard. From a company called Gannett outdoors. My only way of saying I didn't like this. I didn't want this. It was my only form of voice and I have a lot of people -- let me tell you the only perfect rape victim is a dead rape victim and it's a fact and it's sad because it's not on us. We're just walking down the street literally proverbially metaphorically. So many women have come out with allegatns against him and facing charges. Is there any peace of mind that you have? Yeah, it's nice being able to spoke for myself. Every interview I did for so many years every time I was in front of the camera and pre-twitter no way to speak for myself so everything started with what was it like to work with this man. Exactly like what you think. And I misspoke. Charges, a lot of investigation, a lot of investigations. I wish there were charges E I find it very strange like if -- how many women does it take, over 100 on the list. There's a victim, Samantha and keeps this intensive list and keep adding to it and I would probably estimate there's got to be over a thousand, 2,000 because this is a lifelong career of rape for this man. We have so much more to talk with you about and we will in our last hour. You talk about Hollywood and when people at home say, oh, it doesn't affect me, you say think again, so "Brave" is available now and you did mention your former manager. We reached out to her earlier and have not received a comment from her as well. We'll be right back.

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