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Rose McGowan Harshly Criticizes Former Co-Star Alyssa Milano Over #TimesUp

Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

If anyone has become the face of the #MeToo movement, it’s Rose McGowan. The former Charmed star was one of many of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims, and she’s been one of the more outspoken.

On Thursday, McGowan was asked for her opinion of her former Charmed co-star, Alyssa Milano, who has also tried to lead the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns.

Wow. McGowan sure thinks Milano and the founders of the #Time’sUp campaign, centered around the Oscars, are a bunch of hypocrites.

The idea that some Hollywood elites — in this case, talent agency CAA — are using the pushback against the Hollywood elites as cover for their own actions isn’t particularly out of left field. People routinely do such things. After all, look at all the male feminists who have been brought down during #MeToo. It seems that many of them, for years, used their public support of feminism to excuse or hide being predators themselves.

This isn’t the first time McGowan has unloaded on #Time’sUp over CAA’s involvement in the movement. In January, she referred to the agency as a “company of pimps that sent so many into the monster’s lair.” Milano’s husband, David Bugliari, is a CAA agent.

It sounds like McGowan has reason to view her former co-star as part of the problem, and a hypocrite. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to be offering any evidence supporting the allegations against CAA and Milano at this time. Vanity Fair wrote about agencies and their involvement in this kind of misconduct, but this allegation of CAA deliberately using #TimesUp as PR hasn’t been substantiated.

That’s the problem for McGowan at this stage. While she’s a powerful force at the moment, no one will face accountability until solid supporting evidence is made available. CAA’s involvement in #Time’sUp may be driven by its desire to hide its own involvement in the single greatest scandal to ever rock Hollywood. We just don’t know.

Milano seems to still be supporting McGowan publicly, but that may just be her politics talking. After all, Milano spent a fair amount of time around progressive political campaigns over the last two years. I wouldn’t be surprised if she picked up a few things, and understands that firing back against McGowan would not go well with the public — especially in light of these allegations. Merely letting it go diplomatically to get it out of the news cycle is her only option.

Either way, it seems like there’s not much chance of Milano and McGowan sharing a screen again in the near future.