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Rose McGowan is suing Harvey Weinstein

The 45-year-old actress was one of the first people to bring sexual assault accusations against the disgraced producer, when she alleged he had raped her at the Sundance film festival in 1997.

FILE: Actor Rose McGowan in Los Angeles. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Rose McGowan is suing Harvey Weinstein and his former lawyers, as she claims they conspired to smear her name and discredit her allegations of rape against the disgraced producer.

The 45-year-old actress was one of the first people to bring sexual assault accusations against Weinstein when she alleged he had raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

And now, McGowan is bringing legal action against Weinstein and two of his former attorneys, Lisa Bloom and David Boies.

According to TMZ, McGowan filed legal documents to sue the trio, which state the case "is about a diabolical and illegal effort by one of America's most powerful men and his representatives to silence sexual-assault victims."

The _Charmed _star claims that back in 2016, she had plans to write a memoir and motivational book titled _Brave _- which she eventually released last year - that would include details about her allegations against Weinstein.

She then alleged Weinstein learned about these plans and "tapped into his team of fixers" with the goal of ensuring McGowan's story never saw the light of day, "and - if it did - that no one would believe her".

McGowan's documents claim Weinstein's lawyers worked together and "tried to steal" the unpublished book, and attempted to buy her silence, alleging that if they couldn't stop her, they planned to ruin her reputation.

Weinstein's current lawyer Phyllis Kupferstein has already slammed McGowan's claims.

In a statement to TMZ, she said: "Once and for all, Rose McGowan will be shown to be what she is; a publicity seeker looking for money. From the moment she sought a multi-million dollar payout in return for not making these baseless allegations, which we rejected, we knew that she was waiting for an opportune time to begin this. We will demonstrate that this case has no legal merit."

A representative for Lisa Bloom has also responded to the allegations, claiming it is inexcusable that the lawyer has been involved in the lawsuit.

They said: "It is inexcusable that Ms McGowan chose to include my client in her lawsuit. Facts matter. There is simply no credible factual or legal basis for her claims against my client. We look forward to our day in court to set the record straight."

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