The actress filed suit against Weinstein, Bloom, lawyer David Boies and B.C. Strategies (Black Cube).
McGowan is accusing the defendants of civil racketeering, federal wiretap act violations, common law fraud, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She says, “This case is about a diabolical and illegal effort by one of America’s most powerful men and his representatives to silence sexual-assault victims. And it is about the courageous women and journalists who persisted to reveal the truth.”
McGowan says when Weinstein learned she was set to speak out against him he conspired to take her down. She was writing her book Brave when it started to unfold.
“When WEINSTEIN learned of MCGOWAN’s plans, he tapped into his team of fixers.
The goal was to ensure that MCGOWAN’s story never saw the light of day, and—if it did—that no one would believe her. WEINSTEIN did not limit his efforts to MCGOWAN. As he had already been doing for years, he relied on co- conspirators, including Defendants, to seek and suppress information about other women who might reveal his misconduct, harm his reputation, and potentially report his sexual assault—women who, as MCGOWAN was preparing to publish Brave, were increasingly opening up to reporters investigating WEINSTEIN.”
She continues, “He enlisted prominent, media-savvy representatives DAVID BOIES and LISA BLOOM. He hired the international spy agency, BLACK CUBE. Together, they worked in concert for more than a year to silence WEINSTEIN’s victims and the journalists who were reporting WEINSTEIN’s abuses. With MCGOWAN specifically, Defendants tried steal MCGOWAN’s unpublished book, attempted to buy MCGOWAN’s silence, and planned—in the event that they could not intimidate MCGOWAN into withholding her book—to undermine MCGOWAN’s reputation, such that she would not be believed. As part of this effort, Defendants engaged in illegal activity, including violation of state and federal laws.”
The actress says she has suffered tremendously from the conspiracy and lies. She says her book sales suffered, her expenses mounted, her job opportunities vanished and her emotional health cratered.
“She has experienced trauma and depression from Defendants’ actions, and the deep betrayal will have life-long effects.”
McGowan is suing for unspecified damages.