Flag-bearer of the #MeToo movement and acclaimed Hollywood actor and director Rose McGowan spoke at length about her harrowing experience of assault to Pakistan’s noted star Ayesha Omar, who also lay bare her haunting past experiences.
During an Instagram Live session, the two actors shared their stories of abuse with the American activist detailing how she found the strength to go public with her appalling account of assault at the hands of convicted rapist and fallen Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein.
“I always had a voice, just no one was listening. I was waiting for society to be ready. I needed Trump. Hilary Clinton protected Weinstein in a major way. I needed Trump to show people this is racism, sexism, and this is what ugliness really looks like,” McGowan told Omar during the live session.
She went on to explain in detail how she suffered during the whole speech, without anyone accompanying her, and without friends or women from support groups supporting her.
McGowan also revealed that for a long time, she has been waiting for someone to come and give her the last impetus, which will help her make a difference, until she realizes that person cannot be her Anyone outside.
Omar shared his terrible experience of the attack and said to McGowan: “A strong and powerful person twice my age. I just entered this industry, when I was 23 years old, just graduated from college, and very Clumsy, this started to happen. It lasted for many years. This is not a one-off event, I just don’t want to deal with it. I put it in a box and I said okay, this is something in my life and I have to deal with it.”
“I didn’t want to share it with anybody. I let it stay there for 15 years, and I finally spoke about it to someone two years ago,” Omar added.
“A friend of mine from the industry also came out with her story, and TV channels started calling me up and asking ‘Do you think she’s telling the truth?’”
She went on to say that her only response would be that she would believe any victim that came forward with their story.
“They asked me if sexual harassment happens in the industry and that’s the first time I said yes. They asked if it happened to you, and I said yes. I will talk about it someday, but not today. I still haven’t named my monster but I’ve started talking about it,” she said.