Published On: Wed, Jan 10th, 2018

Rose McGowan says she’s selling her home to pay for Weinstein legal bills

PASADENA, CALIF. — Andrea Metz, the executive producer of activist and actress Rose McGowan’s upcoming E! documentary series about sexual harassment, is no stranger to the power of reality TV in confronting social issues.

She produced I Am Cait which depicted Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner and before that, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

But this time it’s different, and personal.

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The star of the show, McGowan, 44, is perhaps best known for her role in the supernatural TV series Charmed.Citizen Rose will be broadcast on  E! beginning with a two-hour special in January, returning with four more episodes this spring.

“My father said I was born with my fists up,” a combative McGowan said to television critics.” I’m really just trying to stop international rapists and child molesters. It’s pretty simple. After that, I’m golden.”

The panel was easily the most electric of the week. Before McGowan appeared on stage, she had a video introduction asking critics to be “respectful” in questioning and not call Harvey Weinstein by name. Producer Metz says the film executive’s name is not mentioned at all during production. “We just call him H.W. or the monster” she told the Star.

McGowan has accused Weinstein of rape, charges which he has denied. She told critics that she never signed a non-disclosure agreement as was reported and that she is now selling her house to fund her fight.

“I have to sell my house right now to pay legal bills to fight this monster,” says McGowan. “I love it when people are, like, ‘You’re so lucky you have a platform.’ I’m, like, ‘Do you understand what I have been through for 20 years? Do you understand that my sitting here is a miracle?’ I have fought. I have clawed. I have scraped. And I have done it strategically so I could arrive at this moment. It’s not an accident that I’m sitting here.”

Metz says she started filming in August, not knowing that the New York Times would release a bombshell report with allegations of abuse against Weinstein in October.

“Rose came to us, she brought us the project, so we were doing a story on her as a person,” says Metz. “I knew she felt misunderstood and silenced, and I was intrigued by that. On the day the article came out we were filming at a women’s shelter in east L.A. We grasped that we were on the cusp of a watershed moment. I just didn’t know how it was going to go down. But we felt proud of Rose. We hope she could feel a little bit of vindication.”

McGowan says even before it was shopped as an E! series, she had been filming footage of herself as far back as three years ago, well before the #Metoo movement over sexual harassment started.

“I was waiting for someone to come along (with their own accusations) but no one did,” she said, eventually deciding that she would break her silence and give a voice to the issue. “When I started shooting footage for the show I realized that I could not speak on camera without a script. I had never been filmed on a camera without a script,” says McGowan.  “I had to train myself to be able to actually just exist as me. And no, this is not pretty, like, all access, and it’s not always pretty, and I have no glam team. It’s raw and it’s true. And it’s my truth.”

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Rose McGowan says she’s selling her home to pay for Weinstein legal bills