McGowan — a Weinstein silence breaker, who early on led the charge against the disgraced movie exec, whom she claims raped her in 1997 — spoke out about his conviction of third-degree rape (of accuser Jessica Mann) and first degree criminal sexual assault (of Mimi Haley) on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain. She said Weinstein, who faces up to 29 years in prison, is “potentially one of the biggest serial rapists in history” and had a “full machine” of enablers. Because of that, she still fears him.
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US actress Rose McGowan gives opening remarks to the audience at the Women's March / Women's Convention in Detroit, Michigan, on October 27, 2017.
A stream of actress including Rose McGowan, models and ex-employees have come out, many anonymously, to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse dating as far back as the 1990s. / AFP PHOTO / RENA LAVERTY (Photo credit should read RENA LAVERTY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Rose McGowan attends the Mercy For Animals' Annual Hidden Heroes Gala at Vibiana on September 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: Actor Rose McGowan attends the screening of 'Lady in the Dark' during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26657_006 (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TCM)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Rose McGowan attends KYGO 'Stole The Show' documentary film premiere at The Metrograph on July 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Boots (L) and actress Rose McGowan attend the 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Rose McGowan attends the 'Filmstruck' launch event at 404 NYC on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Turner)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Rose McGowan attends Sexy Beast for Planned Parenthood LA at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Actress Rose McGowan attends 'SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra Of Rock' Screening during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Actress Rose McGowan attends Housing Works Design On A Dime Opening Night Reception at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Actors Rachael Leigh Cook (L) and Rose McGowan attend CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Women's Filmmaker Luncheon on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Actress Rose McGowan attends the New York Academy Of Art's Tribeca Ball 2016 on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 31: Actress Rose McGowan attends the premiere of 'Confirmation' at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Rose McGowan attends the Miu Miu Tales 11 screening event during New York Fashion Week at EN Japanese Brasserie on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Actress Rose McGowan attends The Powerpuff Girls x Moschino Launch Event at Moschino Store on February 4, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. Moschino PPG Event. 25923_001. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Turner)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Rose McGowan attends The Second Annual Horizon Awards on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Second Annual Horizon Awards)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Rose McGowan attends the Lena Dunham and Planned Parenthood Host Sex, Politics & Film Cocktail Reception at The Spur on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Rose McGowan attends Tangerine Entertainment Celebrates Women Filmmakers hosted by Writer/Director Rose McGowan at Photage Film Lounge on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 05: Actress Rose McGowan attends the Soho Beach House tent closing party with Rhonda International, Lisa Solberg's Mister Lee's Shangri La & Bombay Sapphire at Soho Beach House on December 5, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images For Soho House & Co)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 02: Rose McGowan attends Celebration for Francesco Vezzoli's Ossessione Vezzoli at Nautilus Hotel on December 2, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Rose McGowan attends the 53rd New York Film Festival 'NYFF Live' at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
Rose McGowan attends the '2015 New York City Ballet Fall Gala' at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
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“He very much came after me, he and his giant machine of other monsters — enablers, people that he paid to do dastardly things,” McGowan said on the U.K. show. “Things that sound like they’re out of a spy novel, but they were my life.” (During the trial, there was testimony that Weinstein hired a private intelligence agency to spy on McGowan and other accusers to discredit them.)
McGowan continued, “The other night, I have to be honest, I was sitting at home and I was thinking I should do the laundry and then I thought, Oh, I wonder if he gets convicted if he’ll hire a hitman to kill me? Oh, I wonder what I want for dinner.
“These are just casual thoughts of my life and that’s what’s so wrong and sick,” she continued. “That’s why I fought so hard for this to stop. But more importantly, I fought for global cultural reset because this still happens. While we’re speaking, people are being raped all over the world and they’ll never have a voice in this. I wanted to come and be a voice for those who will never get a chance.”
McGowan admitted she thought Weinstein “was going to be exonerated,” saying, “I never really had hope... The last time I actually had hope was the moment before I was raped by him. After that it became survival and that it became this kind of battle in this huge war.” She called his conviction “an extraordinary moment” and “a huge victory for all of us who have ever been hurt.”
And the Charmed actress believes there are more victims out there who have yet to come forward. (Nearly 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.)
“He could be potentially one of the biggest serial rapists in history because he had a full machine set up only to rape,” McGowan said. “Movies, that was his living, but there was a rape factory — that’s what the business was behind the scenes… It’s the kind of human-trafficking that goes on. It goes on in Hollywood and the rest of the world… It’s in high levels of society and low levels.”
Weinstein will be sentenced March 11 and faces up to 29 years in prison. However, even the maximum wouldn’t be enough for McGowan. (Weinstein was exonerated of the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, which could have resulted in a life sentence,)
“I would rather he ceased to exist,” McGowan said. “I think the world would be better off. I am happy there is one less serial predator on the streets because I can’t tell you, people would not be safe if he was out.”
While Weinstein is in custody prior to sentencing, he’s not yet in jail. After the verdict, he was handcuffed to be transported to Rikers Island, but was rerouted to Bellevue Hospital, which has a prison ward, to monitor his high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
In an interview on Tuesday, Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno said he’s scared of her client dying in prison due to his many physical ailments.
“He's 68 years old,” Rotunno said. “Who knows how many years he could survive in there. Probably not that many.”
She said Weinstein, who recently had back surgery, isn’t allowed to use a walker in jail, so he’s using a wheelchair. “Think about how he is going to deteriorate,” she told the tabloid, adding, 'We're going to try to get him out on bond pending appeal or pending sentencing.'