Rose McGowan fired back at Alec Baldwin on Sunday morning after the Trump-impersonator said she ‘delayed justice’ against the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
‘Wee little baby man had a wittle baby tantrum cos he wants to protect rapist,’ the 44-year-old wrote on Twitter in response to his remarks.
‘You’re sooo liberal, you scum bucket.’
The comments came after Baldwin made comments that seemed to victim-blame McGowan for the Weinstein Scandal on Friday in an interview with PBS Newshour. In the fallout from the comments he made the decision to take a hiatus from Twitter.
Baldwin said McGowan ‘delayed justice’ when she ‘took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case.’
He was swiftly criticized by actress Asia Argento and Anthony Borurdain for implying that she was wrong to accept the settlement rather than press criminal charges.
Argento was one of the first women to come forward in an interview with The New Yorker magazine and accuse Weinstein of orally raping her. Bourdain is the host of the popular CNN travel and food show Parts Unknown.
Rose McGowan fired back at Alec Baldwin on Sunday morning after the Trump-impersonator said she ‘delayed justice’ against the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein
‘Wee little baby man had a wittle baby tantrum cos he wants to protect rapist,’ the 44-year-old wrote on Twitter in response to his remarks
During an interview with PBC Newshour on Friday Baldwin made a comment seemingly victim-blaming Rose McGowan. He said she ‘took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case.’ Later in the interview he said that action ‘delayed justice’
He was swiftly criticized by actress Asia Argento and Anthony Borurdain for implying that she was wrong to accept the settlement rather than press criminal charges
Rose McGowan responded to his interview furiously saying it was proof ‘everyone knew’ and ‘no one cared’ that she had been raped
‘Hey @AlecBaldwin you’re either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three,’ Argento tweeted on Saturday.
In an interview with PBS on Friday, Baldwin, 59, admitted hearing a ‘rumor’ McGowan had been raped by Weinstein but doing nothing about it along with the rest of Hollywood.
He said it was ‘for’ McGowan to prosecute it and later said it was an ‘issue’ that victims of sexual harassment were sometimes silenced by cash settlements because it thwarted the course of justice.
‘You heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over. We have heard that for decades.’
‘But what happened was that Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. And it was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case,’ he said.
McGowan, who has led an unrelenting commentary on the Weinstein sexual assault scandal since it erupted last month, responded furiously to his remarks.
‘Told you everyone knew. No one cared. Men ran the show. Women toed the line. No more,’ she said.
McGowan, who has led an unrelenting commentary on the Weinstein sexual assault scandal since it erupted last month, responded furiously to Baldwin’s remarks
Baldwin has also been criticized for acknowledging that many in Hollywood had heard rumors for decades about Weinstein’s alleged rape of McGowan. Baldwin and Weinstein are seen in this 2007 file photo
Baldwin then got into a Twitter spat with Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain, eventually blocking them
Before Argento responded Baldwin, likely realizing the magnitude of his comments, announced he would be taking a hiatus from his personal Twitter account.
The 59-year-old said it was ‘never his intention’ to ‘blame the victim’ and said that his ‘heart goes out’ to anyone affected by sexual harassment.
Explaining why no one else spoke up, he said it was because it remained an unproven rumor and argued that ‘everyone’ in every type of industry gives colleagues and employers ‘the benefit of the doubt’.
After Argento’s tweet, Baldwin responded on the Twitter account he uses for his foundation.
‘If you paint every man with the same brush, you’re gonna run out of paint or men,’ Baldwin responded to Argento. He later blocked her from his personal account.
Bourdain came to his girlfriend’s defense, tweeting to Baldwin: ‘You are really too dumb to pour piss out of a boot.’
Baldwin fired back at Bourdain, tweeting: ‘You should stick to eating worms and keep your mouth shut.’
Baldwin then blocked both Bourdain and Argento. He called the star chef ‘a self-seeking liar’.
Argento tweeted: ‘I’ve been blocked on Twitter by Alec Baldwin. I wear this medal with pride.
Argento tweeted: ‘I’ve been blocked on Twitter by Alec Baldwin. I wear this medal with pride
Argento was one of the first women to come forward in an interview with The New Yorker magazine and accuse Weinstein of orally raping her
Baldwin addressed the scandal on Twitter on Saturday afternoon and signed off from social media
Earlier on Saturday, when Baldwin announced he would refrain from tweeting in response to the backlash over his comments about McGowan and Weinstein, Argento tweeted: ‘So Alec Baldwin is taking a hiatus from Twitter to meditate about his words on Rose McGowan and gender equality. We won’t miss you bully boy.’
The ‘bully boy’ reference was from comments Baldwin made on Thursday when he acknowledged bullying and mistreating women during his time in Hollywood.
Baldwin made the comments while receiving an award from The Paley Center for Media on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Argento’s claims against Weinstein were published last month in a New Yorker exposé which came within hours of a separate, equally shocking piece, by The New York Times which included allegations against the mogul by Hollywood darlings Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
In her comments to The New Yorker, Italian-born Argento, 42, told how Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her after luring her to an empty room at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France in 1997.
Nearly two weeks after the New Yorker article, McGowan went public with her own rape allegations against Weinstein.
McGowan accepted $100,000 from Weinstein in 1997 after an alleged encounter in hotel room.
It was part of an agreement that the case would not be prosecuted further but was not an admission of guilt on Weinstein’s part, according to The New York Times which viewed a legal document detailing the agreement.
After a handful of women aired claims that Weinstein had either harassed or raped them at the start of October, McGowan claimed on Twitter that she had been raped by ‘HW’.
She did not use his name but said she told Amazon studio head Roy Price about the attack and said nothing was done to help her.
Price has been fired by Amazon in light of separate claims he sexually harassed a lesbian TV producer.
Amidst the controversy, Baldwin appeared on Saturday Night Live’s cold open to reprise his portrayal of President Donald Trump. He is seen above alongside SNL cast member Alex Moffat, who is playing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort
Bourdain and McGowan were spotted in New York on Thursday after enjoying a friendly dinner date
On Saturday, McGowan’s fans supported her criticism of Baldwin and his remarks.
‘Finds a way to blame women. Not rapist,’ said one. ‘Leave it to Alec Baldwin to perpetuate the victim blaming. Now it’s Rose McGowan’s fault that Harvey Weinstein kept assaulting women.’
‘The money is NOT the reason they don’t speak out and Alec Baldwin is victim blaming,’ another quipped.
Baldwin’s fans defended him, saying his comments were not aimed at the victims and that he was offering a wider commentary on the mere existence of such cash settlements as those he described.
‘Mr Baldwin is not blaming anyone. He’s pointing out that women are cornered to accept these settlements,’ said one.
Weinstein is hiding out in Arizona where he may be arrested any day and extradited to New York to face charges.
The NYPD announced this week that it believed it had credible and sufficient evidence to issue a warrant for his arrest.
He is also being investigated in London and Los Angeles over separate sexual assault and harassment claims.
The exposure of Weinstein by The New York Times and New Yorker last month has led to an avalanche of accusations against other men across Hollywood and in other industries.