Rose McGowan is stating more frankly what she has long suggested. The actress, whose temporary suspension from Twitter was lifted Thursday afternoon, said in a tweet upon her return to the social media service, "HW raped me," apparently referring to Harvey Weinstein, the AP reports. Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister has said Weinstein "unequivocally denies" ''any allegations of non-consensual contact." In a series of tweets Thursday, McGowan addressed Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and said that she repeatedly told an Amazon Studios executive that "HW raped me." McGowan says the executive told her it wasn't proven and she said "I am the proof." McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a "studio head." The New York Times' Weinstein exposé reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement to McGowan in 1997.
Meanwhile, the eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America says it will take steps to make it easier for women to report sexual harassment and assault. In a statement Thursday, guild President Beau Willimon and Executive Director Lowell Peterson condemned Harvey Weinstein's "deplorable" behavior and said that "sexual harassment and assault have long been hallmarks of the entertainment industry." The guild said it will review what it can do to facilitate prevention of harassment going forward. The statement acknowledged that accusers often speak out at and face great professional and emotional risk. Cannes film festival officials also condemned Weinstein's alleged actions Thursday, and Hachette Book Group, one of the country's top publishers, says that it has "terminated" its deal with Weinstein Books. (Twitter has revealed why McGowan's account was suspended.)