Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest: A Small But Significant Victory for Rose McGowan and Other Accusers
The Time’s Up Movement involving a growing list of men in Hollywood guilty of sexual assault and misconduct saw a major victory on Friday when Harvey Weinstein was officially arrested for the mounting allegations against him. After months of continuously denying any non-consensual sexual acts towards any of his accusers, he was finally arrested in New York, posting bail for $1 million.
At the forefront of the movement were many brave women who bared their souls to the world, sharing their own traumatic experiences with the abusive powers in Hollywood, and fighting for justice. One such woman is the particularly outspoken Rose McGowan, known best for her roles in the hit TV series, Charmed and Once Upon a Time. Click BBC for the video.
After her reported involvement in a sexual harassment suit with the disgraced movie mogul, she opened up to the public about his inappropriate behavior and alleged rape. As one of the first and most vocal accusers of Weinstein, she has since taken to social media, speaking engagements, docu-series, and even a NYT Best Selling book entitled Brave, to advocate for those who’ve felt the effects of the oppressive powers in the entertainment industry.
In an interview with Luke Jones of BBC, McGowan stated:
“It’s very significant. It’s a concrete slap in the face of abusive power. It is major, it’s really really big. It’s hard to wrap my brain around because it’s so big.”
The recent arrest of Harvey Weinstein proves to be a significant win for the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, but unfortunately barely skims the surface of all the allegations hovering around him. Of the 80+ women that have come forward in the last year, his arrest only relates to two of them.
“Hopefully it will be an amazing day for his survivors,” said McGowan, “if we can see this through till the end, I hope we emerge victorious.”