No eye contact, no small talk and don’t stand too close: MeToo icon Rose McGowan’s diva demands revealed
American actress and #MeToo trailblazer Rose McGowan was one of the first women to accuse disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape.
She has since been in Britain promoting her memoir-cum-manifesto, Brave, in which she launches a tirade against a male-dominated film industry that has used and abused her and thousands of women.
But some are now wondering whether the global attention has gone to her head.
American actress and #MeToo trailblazer Rose McGowan was one of the first women to accuse disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, but has the fame gone to her head?
Prior to her arrival at a London TV studio, staff were astonished to receive a phone call from her people making the following demands: ‘She must be met by someone of stature at reception.
‘Don’t refer to her as a star — she knows this and sees no reason to have this brought up. No eye contact. No direct questions. Don’t stand too close.
‘Do not offer any refreshments or engage in any small talk. When departing you may thank her for her time, but only if she requests that conversation.’
The imperious checklist did not go down too well with the TV studio. ‘Let’s just say that Weinstein was far nicer when he came in,’ says my source. ‘Naturally, we took no notice.’
Sophie’s £1,200 llama drama
The Countess of Wessex, 53, put her sartorial stamp on a charity dinner this week when she attended the Leeds Children’s Hospital gala
Kate and Meghan aren’t the only women leading the fashion pack in the Royal Family.
The Countess of Wessex, 53, put her sartorial stamp on a charity dinner this week when she attended the Leeds Children’s Hospital gala in a £1,195 llama-print silk-satin shirtdress by British label, Galvan.
Mother-of-two Sophie, who prides herself on never using a stylist, adorned her outfit with a silver necklace and earrings and a matching metallic clutch.
‘It’s about my charities but I recognise that I’m on display,’ she says of her style.
‘When you walk into a room, yes, people are going to talk about what you’re doing there, but they’re also going to want to know what you’re wearing.’
McGowan, 44, best known for her role in the TV series Charmed, later ended up walking out of an interview with a French broadcaster.
She told the interviewer: ‘Your questions are dumb and reductive. Is this the best you can do. Really?’
In 1997, when McGowan was 23, she met Weinstein in his hotel suite during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
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She says he stripped her and placed her in a Jacuzzi, whereupon he performed a sex act on her. ‘I did what so many who experience trauma do,’ she later wrote. ‘I disassociated and left my body.’
Shortly afterwards she reached a £70,000 settlement with him over the incident. More recently, Weinstein — who denies all sex charges — allegedly offered her £700,000 hush money.
She responded by asking for £4.2 million, reasoning that: ‘I could probably have gotten him up to just over £2 million.’
Tory MP discovers Polynesian origin
Tory MP Michael Fabricant, renowned for his unruly thatch of blond hair, now has another exotic claim to fame.
He has discovered he is descended from Polynesians after taking a DNA saliva test to detect his origins.
‘Firstly, it turns out that going back hundreds of years, I am not from stock originating in the British Isles — I am mainly southern Scandinavian and north German,’ he says.
‘But there is also a substantial few per cent of Polynesian — the area bounded by New Zealand, Hawaii, and Easter Island — and this is a complete mystery to me.
‘I am thinking of wearing a grass skirt for my next Prime Minister’s Questions and if I am Maori, I’ll be practising the haka.’
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