Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Rose McGowan's 'Twitter Suspended' Amid Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Allegations

Rose McGowan's 'Twitter Suspended' Amid Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Allegations

The message in the screenshot said that the lock was in effect because McGowan's account had "violated the Twitter rules".

Rose McGowan called on her "Rose army" to help her spread her messages once Twitter suspended her account.

In line with their usual opacity, Twitter has not given a public reason for suspending McGowan, who is one of the loudest voices condemning Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and his supporters over sexual misconduct allegations.

Beckinsale claimed she was 17 years old when she was called to Weinstein's hotel room, where the producer opened the door in his bathrobe and offered her alcohol.

The message from Twitter did not explain why her account was frozen, although informed her she had broken the network's rules, and that she needed to delete the offending tweets to restore her account.

While locked accounts are still accessible to other users, suspended accounts are typically not, even though they still exist on Twitter servers.

Other Twitter users have since devised a plan to boycott Twitter on Friday, October 13, in support of women like McGowan who have been silenced for sharing their experiences.

McGowan concluded her tweets by calling on Bezos, 53, to "stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers".


According to an expose last week in the New York Times, McGowan was one of several actors to receive a financial settlement from Weinstein in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement and agreeing not to press charges. Twitter has since told The Guardian the suspension was due to McGowan tweeting a private phone number, which is against Twitter's terms of service. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future. His attorney at the time was Lisa Bloom, who was part of Weinstein's team before she dropped Weinstein in dramatic fashion over the weekend, as allegations of sexual assault broke.

McGowan didn't buy it, and tweeted at him to "F*** off".

The platform has also been criticised for taking too long to respond to comments from online trolls and neo-Nazis sympathisers. "Twitter is a toilet and I don't want to be complicit anymore", Linehan tweeted. McGowan referred to it as a suspension.

In the meantime, Twitter is on the back foot given both the extent of the allegations against Weinstein and the fierce reaction it has provoked in both Hollywood and around the world. Jessica Chastain and Anthony Bourdain were among those who questioned Twitter's action.

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