Robert Rodriguez has denied Rose McGowan’s claims that he sold their movie Grindhouse to her “monster” Harvey Weinstein.
On Wednesday (03Jan18), Vanity Fair released an interview with McGowan ahead of the release of her upcoming memoir Brave, in which she opens up about her affair with the director, who knew that she was allegedly raped by Harvey Weinstein in 1997.
In the memoir, McGowan reportedly accuses Rodriguez of using that knowledge “as a tool for mind games” while they were filming Planet Terror, one part of the 2007 Grindhouse double feature, including getting Quentin Tarantino’s character to attack her. She then accused him of selling the movie to “my monster”, meaning Weinstein.
Rodriguez has now responded with a lengthy statement to The Wrap in which he claims neither Vanity Fair or fact checkers at publishing house HarperOne reached out to him for comment and “as a result, there are some key factual errors in the piece.”
“These inaccuracies may appear to put me at odds with Rose, but I have no quarrel with her,” he continued. “And I don’t want to have to disqualify it because I agree with what Rose is trying to do overall, which is continue to push for change both in our industry and beyond.”
He then insisted he didn’t sell his movie to the Weinsteins because they already had “a first look” on the project and they began funding the movie in November, 2005, months before filming started in March, 2006.
“The point is that it was already an official Weinstein movie for at least 5 months before principal production even began on the Planet Terror segment of Grindhouse,” he wrote. “There was certainly ample time for Rose to decide not to be in a film funded by the Weinsteins and reject the movie and the script before shooting ever began.
“And if she ever had a problem with making the movie for them I would have completely understood, changed the role, and cast someone else.”
In regards to the Tarantino scene, Rodriguez claimed the attack was in the script from the first draft in January, 2006 and wasn’t filmed until June, 2006, so there was plenty of time for an objection to be raised, but it was never brought up.
Robert, who dated Rose on and off until 2009, concluded by sharing the statement he gave in October (17) in which he admitted that he knew about Rose’s rape allegation.