Actress Rose McGowan joined protestors outside of the courthouse Monday as disgraced director Harvey Weinstein arrived for his rape trial.
“Dear Harvey, no matter what lies you tell yourself — you did this,” she said.
“You brought this upon yourself by hurting so many,” McGowan said. “You have only yourself to blame. I came here today to see this through.”
McGowan accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her in a hotel room when she was 23 years old, according to the BBC. The actress and the director later reached a $100,000 settlement and McGowan turned down a $1M NDA that would have kept her from talking about the incident. (RELATED: Judge Reportedly Scolds Harvey Weinstein Mid-Trial For Cellphone Use)
“You thought you could terrorize me and others into silence,” McGowan added. “You were wrong. We rose from your ashes. We rise together.”
“Today is a day for us to honor how far we’ve come and how much we’ve endured to get here,” she said.
McGowan also called Weinstein’s interview with the NYPost last month, where he claimed he did so much for women in the industry, “disgusting” and “despicable.”
“For every woman he put on the screen, he took out about 100 behind the scenes,” she said.
Weinstein faces life in prison after being charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual acts, and two counts of rape. He was indicted on two more separate sex crime charges Monday in Los Angeles.