Rose McGowan accuses Gavin Newsom's wife of trying to shut down Harvey Weinstein probe

McGowan is supporting Republican Larry Elder, a move that has been seen as hypocritical considering allegations of sexual misconduct exist against Elder as well

                            Rose McGowan accuses Gavin Newsom's wife of trying to shut down Harvey Weinstein probe
Rose McGowan speaking at Larry Elder's press conference where she made allegations against Gavin Newsom's wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Twitter/@daveweigel and Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Actor and activist Rose McGowan, one of the many women who had opened up about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s career of sexual misconduct, has made another troubling allegation. At a press conference on Sunday, September 12, McGowan endorsed Larry Elder, the leading Republican challenger of Gavin Newsom in California’s gubernatorial recall election. And during the conference, she accused Newsom's wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom of attempting to persuade her not to go public with her allegations against Weinstein in 2017.

During the event, Elder criticized the media for what he described as double standards that insulated Newsom from criticism and scrutiny throughout the contest. McGowan, who endorsed the Black Republican, said that she no longer considered herself a Democrat because anyone who has “harassed, stalked, and stolen” from her in Hollywood has allegedly been a Democrat. 


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This is not the first time McGowan has made accusations against Jennifer Siebel Newsom. "So this woman, I don’t know, some blonde lady name with the last name of the Newsom, cold-calls me, and was like, David Boies wants to know what it would take to make you happy," McGowan said last week during an appearance on ‘The Rubin Report.’ Boies is an attorney who represented Weinstein.


McGowan added at Sunday’s press conference that Jennifer Siebel Newsom “inferred that she was a Weinstein rape victim to get into this private group of Weinstein rape victims.” McGowan also reportedly brought up former President Barack Obama’s daughter’s internship with the Weinstein Company. “They’re all in on it,” she said. McGowan said of Elder’s policies, “Do I agree with him on every issue? No. So what? He is the better candidate. He is the better man.”

Siebel Newsom’s office described the allegations as a “complete fabrication.” Speaking with The Associated Press, Newsom characterized McGowan’s claims as a “last-minute classic hit piece” from one of Elder’s supporters. The governor called Elder desperate and grasping, saying McGowan’s claims about his wife “just shows you how low things go in campaigns these days.”

He criticized the conservative talk show host and lawyer by saying Elder “doesn’t believe that women have the right to their own reproductive freedoms, he’s devoutly opposed to Roe v. Wade, doesn’t believe there’s a glass ceiling, doesn’t believe in pay equity laws.”

Rose McGowan attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at the Tate Modern on September 5, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Hypocritical Rose?

McGowan’s support of Elder was seen as suspect by many online, especially in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations made against the Republican candidate himself. As per a CNN report, Elder disclosed in 2011 episodes of his radio show that he had twice been accused of sexual harassment and forcefully denied the allegations.

In one instance, Elder recounted that while he worked in private practice as an attorney in the 1980s, his employee accused him of hitting on her. Elder defended himself by implying the woman was too unattractive for him to sexually harass. "This woman who tried to break the contract, not to compete and then accused me of hitting on her," Elder said in one episode. "That's how, that's how she put it. If you had seen her, you would know that the picture would be a complete defense. I'm just saying."

"The department was made aware of domestic violence accusations against Larry Elder," an LAPD spokesperson said in August, but they said additional details on the allegations would not be made public "due to the confidential nature of domestic violence investigations." The accusations stem from alleged incidents in 2015 described by Elder's then-fiancée and former employee Alexandra Datig and in a statement, she filed with the LAPD. "Larry Elder brandished a weapon in conversation with me during our breakup. He checked to see if his gun was loaded," Datig claimed.

Republican recall candidate Larry Elder addresses the "Asian Rally for Yes on Recall" at the Asian Garden Mall on September 4, 2021 in Westminster, California. The Conservative talk show host is the Republican front-runner in the race to overthrow the governor in this years special recall election on September 14, ahead of next years regularly scheduled gubernatorial vote. Westminster is known for its predominantly Vietnamese population. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

“How can rose mcgowan claim to stand up for the victims of sexual assault then endorse larry elder, a man who implied that a woman who accused him of sexual harassment is too ugly for him to harass???” asked a Twitter user. Another person wrote, “Rose McGowan was outraged at President Obama because he didn’t personally thank her for bringing down Harvey Weinstein but she’s quite fine with endorsing Larry Elder who was been accused of assaulting two former girlfriends.”

One person tweeted, “Not at all surprised to see Rose McGowan supporting misogynistic insurrection loving white supremacist enabler Larry Elder because from the beginning she’s been a closet MAGA lunatic. True colors shown. What a disgrace.” Another tweet said, “Rose McGowan just endorsed Larry Elder for Governor of California. Rose claimed to be the "leader" of the #MeToo movement, yet is now supporting a misogynist Trump-clone who currently has 2 charges of sexual assault against him. Rose McGowan is disgusting. Shame on you, Rose.”





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