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Rose McGowan accuses Harvey Weinstein in lawsuit of racketeering

Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan (Ian West/PA)
Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan (Ian West/PA)

Actress Rose McGowan has filed a US federal lawsuit alleging that Harvey Weinstein and two of his former lawyers engaged in racketeering to silence her and shut down her career before she accused him of rape.

The suit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday names as defendants Weinstein, lawyers David Boies and Lisa Bloom, and others.

McGowan’s lawyers said in a statement that the defendants used unlawful tactics in “a sprawling smear campaign to defraud, malign, and marginalise McGowan”.

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Harvey Weinstein (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Ms Bloom’s lawyer said there was no basis for McGowan’s claims.

Emails seeking comment from the other defendants were not immediately returned.

McGowan was one of the earliest and one of the most prominent of dozens of women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The former movie mogul has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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