Oct 13, 2017, 2:12 PM ET

Rose McGowan suggests in tweet that Harvey Weinstein 'raped' her


Hours after being "locked" from using her Twitter account, actress Rose McGowan was back Thursday night, writing, "it's on."

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McGowan, who was temporarily suspended from using her account, posted a series of tweets this week after The New York Times first reported that mega Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had allegedly reached confidential settlements with his sexual abuse and harassment accusers for decades. McGowan claimed her account was suspended for writing about sexual abuse.

The former "Charmed" star reached an undisclosed settlement with Weinstein in 1997 after an alleged incident in a hotel room, The Times reported.

Since returning to Twitter, McGowan tagged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and appeared to detail what allegedly happened between her and Weinstein.

"I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof," she wrote. She confirmed she was referring to Weinstein in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Thursday afternoon.

“We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co,” Amazon told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week before McGowan's tweets on Thursday. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the latest tweets to ABC News.

In addition to her tweets, McGowan also inspired a 24-hour boycott of Twitter. #WomenBoycottTwitter was the top trending hashtag in the United States Friday morning.

Twitter told ABC News in a statement that McGowan has been locked from her account for posting a personal phone number. "We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service," the statement said.

Many users took issue with Twitter's reasoning, noting that President Donald Trump tweeted the phone number of Sen. Lindsey Graham in July 2015 and TV personality Lou Dobbs tweeted the phone number of a woman who accused Trump of groping her in November 2016. Twitter did not suspend their accounts.

ABC News has reached out to Twitter for an explanation as to why Trump's and Dobbs' accounts were not affected.

McGowan retweeted a call for a day-long boycott of the site, calling on men and women alike to protest.

"MEN: if you are on here tomorrow, I urge you to AMPLIFY our voices. Call on your brothers to be better, go after ones who won’t," she wrote last night.

Twitter released a statement in response to the boycott: "Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices."

The Rose Army

These recent developments come after a week where McGowan slammed the "Hollywood boy's club" and hashtagged some of her posts with "Rose Army," inspiring others to speak out and share their alleged abuse stories. She's also called for the entire board of The Weinstein Company to be dissolved in the wake of Weinstein's firing.

On Oct. 5, The New York Times first published accounts from several women, including actress Ashley Judd, alleging that Weinstein had acted inappropriately toward them.

That day, McGowan appeared to condemn anybody who continued to work with Weinstein amid the allegations. At that time, she wasn't directly calling out Weinstein by name or initials.

PHOTO: Actress Rose McGowan attends an opening, Nov. 28, 2016 in New York City. Noam Galai/WireImage/Getty Images, File
Actress Rose McGowan attends an opening, Nov. 28, 2016 in New York City.

"Anyone who does business with __ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves," she wrote.

She also began retweeting those who commended her bravery, including fellow actress Patricia Arquette, who wrote, "@AshleyJudd & @rosemcgowan I'm sure it wasn't easy to come forward but in doing so you helped a lot of others who might not have been heard."

Expanding her army

McGowan also used her social media platform to urge other women in Hollywood to speak out.

On Oct. 7, McGowan finally directly addressed the Times, two days after its story about Weinstein was first published.

"This is about a power structure that needs to be brought down. I cannot thank the women who came forward & the boss writers at #NYT enough," she wrote.

Weinstein fired, McGowan speaks out

On Sunday, the day that Weinstein was terminated from The Weinstein Company, McGowan called for the remaining board members to resign and demanded a change in men's behavior in Hollywood. Three board members had exited earlier last week in the wake of the Times report, according to Deadline.

"Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP. Hollywood’s power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not," she told The Hollywood Reporter that day. "The men of Hollywood need to know they own no woman. The days of 'Entourage'-like behavior and thinking is as dated as your largely bro nature."

A request for comment from The Weinstein Company was not immediately returned to ABC News.

Expanding the fight

With Weinstein fired, the gloves were officially off for McGowan. On Tuesday, after the New Yorker and New York Times published more personal accounts of women who claimed to have been sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein. A spokesperson for Weinstein told The New Yorker: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

McGowan took on those people she believed knew about some of the alleged abuse and said nothing. One person she singled out was Ben Affleck, whom McGowan claimed knew about her situation despite his statement that he was "saddened and angry" that Weinstein "used his power to intimidate" and manipulate women.

“'GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT' you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie," she tweeted at the actor.

A request for comment from Affleck's rep was not immediately returned to ABC News.

PHOTO: Producers Harvey Weinstein, left, and Ben Affleck attend the 24th Annual Producers Guild (PGA) Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Jan. 26, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, FIle
Producers Harvey Weinstein, left, and Ben Affleck attend the 24th Annual Producers Guild (PGA) Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Jan. 26, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

"Dear most of Hollywood, this is happening. You cannot sweep this under the rug. Support vocally or you will forever have an * in history," McGowan wrote.

Also Tuesday, she seemed to make it known that her Twitter feed contained more "clues" that she may not have been allowed to comment on, but wanted to share.

"I have been hiding in plain sight, the panther amongst her prey. Well done for piecing together my clues. It’s all in the timeline," she wrote.

While McGowan's Twitter page was locked, she found other platforms on which to speak out.

On Thursday, she took to Instagram to talk to her followers.

"BE MY VOICE," she wrote.

ABC News' Lesley Messer contributed to this report.

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  • Lee Thompson

    All these women who have come forward have nothing to gain by doing so. They aren't all lying.

  • JohnnyBigMouth

    ABc .... the actress said he raped her,, she did not "suggest" that he did,...and in that little play on words, ... you become complicit

  • tet1953

    Sure, we believe in second chances Harvey. Yours was after the first sexual assault. This went on for decades.

  • Ran Dome

    There is talk about boycotting twitter, and yelling at amazon, but maybe before all that, maybe before you try to get the court of public opinion on your side, could we just start doing one little thing after a sexual assault has occurred? One little thing has a far greater chance of bringing perpetrators to justice..... go to the police. The justice system, not social media, was set up JUST for this purpose. Start there and I'll jump on board the pitchfork mob. Wait 20 years while mumbling sarcastic comments at social events and I start to wonder why you didnt just go to the police in the first place.

  • oldschool

    If Rose took $100K as reported to keep quiet years ago what does that say about her? If these women had spoken up years ago would not the creep been stopped?

  • Ima Zolman

    If she was raped and had proof, she should have called the police. She has been a nutjob for a while now and has little credibility.

  • Leonard A Brown

    The author of this piece needs to read up on how to use quotation marks properly.

  • bubs

    thank you rose mcgowan for all that you are doing.

  • Marvin Ogravel

    Harvey Anthony Weinerstein

  • DJ17

    Why is the word "rape" in quotation marks in the headline? It mocks the person making the allegation.

  • Drakarus

    Um....she didn't "suggest" anything. She straight up said that's what he did.

  • Diana

    Why is this all coming out now? I get they were afraid before, but what happened to make them so empowered?

  • Mouser

    She's not SUGGESTING that he raped her, she's flat out STATING it.

    Headlines like these are a travesty. You're downplaying criminal acts.

  • April Hiller

    Um, Why is raped in quotation marks?

  • Rubber Banned

    Speaking of timelines, it would seem she makes the accusation of this around the time she was making Phantoms with Ben Affleck for Weinstein, a job she was paid for and completed, after being raped by him, and then was only outraged enough to be paid by him again to remain silent about it??

  • cupid92

    I know a lot of you are saying that she shouldn't have taken a settlement and remained quiet. But if I put myself in her shoes-a 20 something year old girl trying to make a career in Hollywood- which is almost impossible -and then some powerful old man tries or does rape me. What do you do-speak up and lose your career? Not to mention-who is going to believe you? I think she was in a no win situation. He had a lot of lawyers, she had none.
    She did the best she could at that time and sure she had to sign something not to discuss it .

  • Jason Hausman

    Why didn't she rally these people behind the scenes a lot sooner. Seems like a lot of years to be silent.
    A non-disclosure settlement can be broken in the case of illegal activity, which this surely is.

  • Buddy G

    "She's a liar and gold digger"..... Isn't that what all of the Hollywoodites said about their favorite boy, Bill Clinton's, accusers?? Why weren't the Hollywood libs publicly trashing Bill Clinton and his antics? Basically the same type of person, and the most of them would probably vote for Bill as President if he ran again. Uses power and money to abuse women. Shameful. Harvey and Bill.

  • kcin_somath

    Apparently, she wasn’t banned because she posted a private number, not because of some conspiracy. Then, she shouldn’t be accusing others of complicity or remaining silent, when she herself took money to remain silent.

  • Dr. Gurnicus Blanstonius

    How much indignation did Rose sell when she took money to be quiet?

  • ThanksfortheFishes

    She’s so brave for taking his money and staying silent.

  • inonepeice

    If it were Trump he would just call it fake news and get away with it

  • rascal

    I would bet money most of the people in HW knew what Weinstein was doing... and I bet a lot of them, that you see in pictures with him and claim they didn't know, knew it also. All of them hypocrites.. smh.