Abuse accusations keep piling up in Hollywood — and Seattle

Things continue to get uglier in Hollywood as the curtains keep getting pulled back on the gross abuses taking place at the hands of producers and directors.

By now, Harvey Weinstein is facing at least a dozen allegations of sexual abuse and harassment, including accusations by actress Rose McGowan that the movie mogul raped her. Now, England’s Mirror reports that “up to three movie makers involved in some of the biggest blockbuster films of the past decade are being implicated in claims of sexual assault and harassment following the Harvey Weinstein affair.

Let’s start with Rose McGowan. In a series of tweets directed at Amazon’s Jeff Bezos over the past two days, Rose McGowan accused the company of “funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers.” But the focus of her attacks is the infamous Harvey Weinstein.

Entertainment Weekly reports:

The context of McGowan’s revelation was also significant, as the actress alleged Amazon Studios optioned a TV series from her and then killed it after she voiced concern to executives about Weinstein.

The Charmed and Scream actress directed a series of tweets at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: “I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” McGowan wrote.

“I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works … I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar …’

“I called my attorney and said I want to get my script back, but before I could, #2 @amazonstudios called to say my show was dead … I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazonstudios but there is rot in Hollywood.”

But wait — unfortunately, there’s more. The head of Seattle-based Amazon’s studio is Roy Price, whom lesbian producer Isa Hackett accused yesterday of sexual harrassment. Price, 51, was immediately suspended.

From The Verge:

Hackett says she was inspired by the women who came forward — including actresses Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Ashley Judd, Asia Argento, and more than two dozen others — about Weinstein’s long history of sexual abuse of women.

“Having power and influence is such a huge responsibility,” Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter. “As somebody with some power, I feel it is imperative for me to speak out. I want to call out [Price’s] behavior and also hold myself to a certain standard.”

As women continue to speak out about their harassment experiences, more have been encouraged to come forward in the last few days.

Following Ben Affleck’s condemnation of Weinstein, Rose McGowan called the actor out on Twitter.

Shortly after, footage surfaced of Affleck groping actress Hilarie Burton on [MTV’s Total Request Live]. McGowan has also been vocal in taking Amazon to task, tweeting at CEO Jeff Bezos, “I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood.”

McGowan has started a petition demanding that The Weinstein Company board be dissolved. “Every man there has the blood of sorrow on their hands,” she tweeted on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like this story’s going away anytime soon. As one Hollywood insider told the Mirror, “Harvey’s mis­demeanours are just the tip of the iceberg. This could be the first of many Hollywood scandals.”

What’s happening in Hollywood is appalling and deeply disturbing — especially given the fact that so many in the entertainment industry claim to be all about women’s rights.

Which can’t possibly be true, right? No way someone can so many cover so much abuse and still think they’re fighting the good fight.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]

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