Thursday night, McGowan and Ronan Farrow hosted at 90-minute talk at the Y on 92nd street. During the talk, Farrow reminded McGowan that she had mentioned a rape from a director before Harvey Weinstein.
“Yes, and I didn’t process that until — well, I’ll get to him,” McGowan responded. Then Farrow asked if she wanted to talk about, and McGowan seemed pretty unwilling.
“Right now? In general, sure. Right now at this moment? I’ve had a big day. It would make this night very spectacular, I assure you. But let me tell you: He worked for my rapist and won Oscars,” she said.
“Right now” seems like the PERFECT time to mention something like that. To name her abuser and call him out publicly. Her reluctance is exactly her issue with everyone else, i.e. Meryl Streep, who knew about abusers and kept quiet. Why did McGowan push it off?
McGowan spoke about the incident, calling the man a “very famous” director. No name? When she was 15, this “very famous” man picked her up: “He took me home, after he met me, and showed me a soft-porn movie he’d made for Showtime, under a different name, of course … And then he had sex with me. And then he left me next to Tropical in Silver Lake, standing on a street corner.”
Looking back, McGowan realizes it was statutory rape: “I’d been attracted to him, so I always filed it away as a sexual experience,” she began. “Two weeks after your [New Yorker] story came out, I’d processed it, but I removed myself from it.”
According to Farrow, McGowan told him the man’s identity, but will reveal it publicly when she’s ready…which means she is remaining silent…okay.