Artist, activist and former actress Rose McGowan has instructed Nancy Hollander to help her seek justice and accountability for the abuse and harassment she has suffered from Harvey Weinstein and to work with Doughty Street Chambers, an international law firm located in London, on an international advocacy effort to support women and to work. Ms. Hollander is working with Jennifer Robinson, a Barrister with Doughty Street.
It is now public knowledge that Weinstein employed underhanded tactics to “silence” his victims, including hiring private investigators to collect information about the journalists trying to expose allegations of sexual assault and to “target” those who were speaking out about him. Ms McGowan was targeted by the counter-intelligence companies Psops and Black Cube: she was stalked, had her private accounts hacked, was publicly attacked and ridiculed, and was secretly recorded and exploited by people she confided in, who later turned out to be hired by Weinstein.
Ms. Hollander said: “Rose McGowan is a courageous woman. I am looking forward to helping her continue to be a spokesperson and supporter of others who have suffered as she has in the entertainment industry and elsewhere. With her help, others can find their voices. Together we will make the changes that are necessary so women can finally stand on equal footing with men everywhere.”
Ms. Robinson said: “Rose is a feminist whistle-blower. For speaking out about sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood, she has faced the kind of harassment I’m used to seeing authoritarian governments use against political dissidents and whistleblowers. Rose faced this treatment because she spoke out about abuse by one powerful man and about the industry which protected him. Mr Weinstein abused his power over many women, which was facilitated for decades by the silence of many. Rose and the women who have spoken out should be celebrated, not persecuted.”
In April Ms McGowan submitted evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee in the UK Parliament for its inquiry into the abuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual abuse and harassment cases. Ms Robinson said, “Rose contributed to the Parliamentary Inquiry in the UK to encourage more women to speak out about their experience and to assist with law reform efforts to stop NDAs being abused to silence women and to cover up abuse. We cannot allow there to be any more Weinsteins, anywhere.”