As Harvey Weinstein's alleged house of cards was about to come crashing down in a wave of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, one of his most vocal accusers, Rose McGowan, says the increasingly desperate producer offered her some pretty hefty hush money: $1 million, the actress tells the New York Times. And as something of a starving artist, friends counseled her to take it. She countered at $6 million, she says, figuring "I could probably have gotten him up to three," but ultimately "I was like—ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting." McGowan, who settled with Weinstein 20 years ago for $100,000 after she says he raped her, recently learned there was no confidentiality clause attached to that agreement.
Meanwhile, director Robert Rodriguez tells Variety that he not only knew about McGowan's allegation, but that he cast her in the Weinstein-backed Grindhouse as a deliberate jab at the producer. After finding that she had been banned from appearing in any Miramax films, he says he offered to "write her a BAD ASS character and make her one of the leads. I wanted her to have a starring role in a big movie to take her OFF the blacklist, and the best part is that we would have Harvey’s new Weinstein Company pay for the whole damn thing."