May 26, 2018; Washington, D.C. –In an interview airing today on All Things Considered, actress Rose McGowan spoke to NPR's Michel Martin a day after Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and sexual misconduct.
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Asked if she would like to testify:
"Absolutely, I would like to. I have had to have his arm around me and smile in photos you know because he would come up and he would... they run that photo all the time and he would stick his arm around his... he did he liked to do this to people he had attacked. And put his big meaty hand around your rib cage and pull you in. Smile pretty. And then the cameras would flash and you're just kind of out of your body and don't cause a scene and just go with it because what else are you going to do? You're trapped. And I would like to have the opportunity to be able to sit right across from him and stare him directly in the eye but not in any way with a camera around me and no evening gowns. That's for sure."
Asked if she has any advice for the women who will testify
"Hang on... he has a lot of tricks up his sleeves. And your life will be gone over with a fine toothcomb and it will be hard and it will be long. But I think the tide has turned and I hope there's enough evidence that he can be found guilty."
Asked how she would feel if he were acquitted
"Ugh, I really... it's strange simultaneously not anticipating him to be arrested and not wanting him to be free. It's...I think I'm just going to stay and hope for a while. I just I know it's going to be a tough slog and a hard road and I hope people stick with it and know that it's for the greater good and that this man hurt a lot of people whose biggest crime was dreaming."