A federal court dismissed Rose McGowan’s complaint alleging that Harvey Weinstein participated in racketeering to silence her and damage her career before she accused him of rape.
McGowan, who fired her counsel last month and was acting as her own attorney, failed to satisfy filing deadlines that had been extended for her.
Judge Otis D. Wright II had dismantled much of McGowan’s suit last year but has now completely destroyed it. Its main allegation, which is that Weinstein broke federal racketeering law, was rejected with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled.
The action, filed in Los Angeles in 2019, claimed that Weinstein, two of his former lawyers, and an Israeli intelligence agency colluded to conspired to defraud, smear, and marginalize McGowan as she prepared to name Weinstein in the run-up to the #MeToo movement’s eruption late in 2017.
The Associated Press does not usually name people who claim to have been victims of sexual abuse, unless they come out publicly, as McGowan has done several times.
Weinstein has pled not guilty to four counts of rape and seven additional counts of sexual assault. He is now awaiting trial but there is no definite date.
The 69-year-old former movie magnate is serving a 23-year jail sentence in New York after being convicted of rape and sexual abuse.
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