In less than a week, Rose McGowan has called Ben Affleck a liar, Bob Weinstein a “piece of sh*t” and eviscerated the “weak and scared” Hollywood elite who were allegedly “too guilty to care”.
McGowan, 44, starred in 90s films Scream and Jawbreaker before being chosen for the role of Paige Matthews on the television show Charmed in 2001. For a moment, she was a seemingly untouchable Hollywood starlet – taken under the wing of none other than Harvey Weinstein – one of the most powerful American film producers of the last century.
And then everything changed.
Rose McGowan got angry, and Hollywood does not like angry women.
McGowan was born into a cult renowned for the sexual relationships encouraged between adults and children. Called ‘Children of God’, the polygamous cult advocated ‘free-love’ attitudes while promulgating strict Christian values.
“God could see you’re bad, you’re evil,” McGowan recounted decades later. She was raised in a compound in Italy by her father who had two wives.
“I remember watching how the men were with the women,” McGowan wrote for People magazine. “At a very early age I decided I did not want to be like those women. They were basically there to serve the men sexually…”
When her father discovered the widespread child-adult sex taking place, he fled in the middle of the night with his three children.
“I was not molested because my dad was strong enough to realise that this hippie love had gone south,” McGowan wrote.
The United States was an enormous shock to 10-year-old McGowan, who was relocated to Eugene, Oregon. Her relationship with her parents was strained, and at 15 she legally emancipated herself from both of them, and moved to Los Angeles.