On Monday night, Rose McGowan tweeted an open letter to Hollywood urging them to stop working with "predators," and arguing that those who continue to knowingly do so are just as bad as the criminals themselves.
The text accompanying McGowan's tweet reads:
To the women and men in the entertainment industry who know exactly whom and what I am talking about, I say be brave. Do not work with those you know to be offenders or you are no better than they. Take a stand. You are culpable for your actions. Stop rewarding sociopaths. Every time you sanction abhorrent behavior, you are aiding and abetting a crime, that makes you no better than the criminal. How many stories do you have to hear before you do the right thing and stop rewarding men that are predators? Why are you so cowardly that you would take the softer, easier way out? I can tell you this, your soul is a blighted one if you do so. Your personal legacy, the very fabric of your being, is at stake, so fight for it. I know you have it in you to be better. I know you have it in you to break free from the bonds of secrecy. So do I.
This tweet seems related to a series of tweets McGowan posted on Thursday about her sexual assault allegations against a studio head. The tweets, although naming no names, included the hashtag "#WhyWomenDontReport," and in them the actress claims a criminal attorney told her she had no case against the executive because she'd "done a sex scene in a film."
McGowan continued that her alleged rape is an "open secret in Hollywood," and that she was "shamed" while her rapist was "adulated."
McGowan posting about her ordeal was prompted by fellow sexual assault survivor Lady Gaga's tweet asking that women get the "WhyWomenDontReport" trending: