Rose McGowan Encourages Survivors Following Overturning of Weinstein’s Rape Conviction

Key Takeaways:

– Actress Rose McGowan has encouraged survivors following the overturning of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault and rape conviction.
– McGowan is one of over 50 women who claimed Weinstein sexually assaulted them.
– Weinstein’s 2020 conviction was reversed by the New York State Court of Appeals.
– He remains imprisoned due to his 2022 California sex crime convictions.
– McGowan’s allegations stemmed back to a 1997 incident and were first published in a 2017 New York Times exposé, which triggered the #MeToo movement.

Overturn of Weinstein’s Conviction Sparks Outrage from McGowan

Rose McGowan, prominent actress and one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, has loudly voiced her outrage following the recent reversal of Weinstein’s rape conviction. The “Charmed” alum has called upon her fellow survivors to “stand up” against the perceived injustice.

Through an Instagram post on Thursday, McGowan expressed her resilience and focus on the positive. “I’m proud of how far we’ve come, how much we’ve awakened, what we know of ourselves to be true and what we know of others to be true,” she said in her video post.

“We are people that were injured by evil,” McGowan stated, emphasizing her belief that the victims are stronger than the perpetuators. “And the evil sticks together, as witnessed and evidenced today, but we are better.”

Call to Rise again and Find Joy

Despite the disappointment arising from the legal setback, McGowan stressed the importance of not confining oneself to the victim role. Instead, she urged her viewers and fellow survivors to seek every semblance of happiness and beauty in life.

“No matter what they overturn, they cannot take away who we are, what we know, what we’ve gone through, and what we can achieve in this life,” she asserted.

The ‘Jawbreaker’ Star’s Own Ordeal

McGowan is one of more than 50 women who have accused Weinstein, the disgraced former Miramax chief, of sexual assault. Her ordeal, which she experienced in 1997, was characterized as “rape” in her memoir “Brave.” Her account became public in a 2017 New York Times exposé, which sparked a wave of similar revelations, propelling the #MeToo movement into public discourse.

Notable actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, and Mira Sorvino are also among Weinstein’s many accusers.

Conviction Reversal Stirs Controversy

In February 2020, Weinstein found himself convicted of criminal sexual assault and rape by a Manhattan jury, culminating in a hefty 23-year prison sentence. However, the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the ruling on April 25, 2024, by a split 4-3 decision. The court asserted that the Manhattan judge had “erroneously” permitted testimonies from three women whose alleged encounters with Weinstein weren’t directly related to the case.

Despite the overturn, Weinstein continues to remain in prison due to his 2022 convictions for sex crimes in California.

McGowan, in her closing words on the Instagram post, urged the viewers, reaffirming her belief in unity, “They will never overturn who we are. Blessings to all who gave their all #spirit #courage #unity.”


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