Rose McGowan’s lawsuit against disgraced former movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been dismissed in Los Angeles after the actress stopped responding to the court, according to documents obtained Tuesday.
The former “Charmed” actress filed suit in October 2019, accusing Weinstein and attorneys Lisa Bloom and David Boies of conspiring to discredit her and prevent her from publicly disclosing in her memoir “Brave” that the now-imprisoned ex-producer had raped her in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival.
McGowan was among the first women to bring allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein, leading to many similar claims and helping to spark the #MeToo movement.
McGowan’s complaint included claims of civil racketeering, fraud, invasion of privacy, computer hacking, illegal recording, conversion and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II dismissed all but two claims and provided the frequently outspoken actress an opportunity to revise the racketeering allegations.
On Monday, the judge tossed the remaining claims and dismissed the lawsuit after McGowan fired her attorneys and stopped responding to the court.
Late last week, after a newspaper reported that her suit was heading toward dismissal, McGowan tweeted that “justice in USA is a joke” and called those involved “lizards.”
As part of her fraud claim, the 48-year-old McGowan alleged that as she was preparing to come forward against Weinstein in 2016 and 2017, she was approached by a woman who purported to be an advocate for women. According to the suit, the stranger gained McGowan’s confidence and was able to see a draft of “Brave,” in which the actress accused Weinstein of rape.
McGowan says she later discovered that the woman was working for Black Cube, an Israeli private detective firm employed by Weinstein to try to foil publication of sexual misconduct allegations.
Weinstein, 69, was sentenced in New York last year to 23 years in prison for raping an aspiring actress and committing a criminal sex act against a former production assistant. He currently faces trial in Los Angeles, where he pleaded not guilty in September to sex-related criminal counts involving five women over a nine-year period.
Weinstein produced such films as `Shakespeare in Love,” which in 1999 received the best picture Oscar, and “Pulp Fiction.”