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Rose McGowan Tells Stephen Colbert She Was 'Architect' of Weinstein Downfall

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Rose McGowan appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Jan. 31, 2018.

Following appearances earlier this week on Good Morning America and The View to promote her new memoir, Brave, Rose McGowan sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Wednesday night to further discuss her history with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and her allegations that the ousted producer sexual assaulted her. 

McGowan, wearing a bright orange hoodie, joined Colbert to speak about her new book and her new E! series Citizen Rose. “That was actually my father’s nickname for me,” McGowan said of Brave’s title.

When Colbert asked McGowan about her childhood, growing up in a cult, she responded, “He thought that was a better alternative to the shithole we all live in, and he might be right.”

When asked about Weinstein, McGowan said she was “the architect” of the current movement. Colbert then asked the actress if she was told she was “crazy” when she first came out with allegations against Weinstein, to which she responded, “No, I see things.”

Earlier on Wednesday, McGowan responded to a statement issued by Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, claiming the actress' recent appearances and comments were an attempt to "smear" Mr. Weinstein with a bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses."The statement included emails from McGowan's then-manager, Jill Messick, and former co-star Ben Affleck in an attempt to bolster Weinstein's denial of the actress' claims. McGowan has said that she immediately informed both parties of the alleged assault. Affleck had initially commented in a November interview, saying he supports McGowan; his email referenced by Weinstein was sent in July and contradicts that claim.

"Mr. Weinstein has used his power to violate Rose in all too many ways, even resorting to proven espionage tactics in attempt to cover up his crimes," read McGowan's response, referencing what was first reported in the New Yorker about Weinstein using private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track accusers like McGowan. She said the use of Messick's and Affleck's emails, which occurred months before the first story broke about Weinstein on Oct. 5, prove that "Weinstein was on a fishing expedition to target and coerce potential witnesses." Messick's former assistant, Anne Woodward, also supported McGowan's claim to the New York Times in October.

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