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Update: Rose McGowan’s account was reinstated as of Thursday morning.
Rose McGowan had her Twitter account locked after accusing Ben Affleck of lying about his knowledge of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment.
In a Thursday Instagram post, the actress and director posted a screenshot of Twitter informing her that she was banned from tweeting, retweeting, or liking posts on the platform for 12 hours unless she removed some of her tweets.
“Twitter has suspended me. There are powerful forces at work,” she wrote to her followers. “Be my voice.”
On Tuesday, Affleck wrote on Facebook that he was “saddened and angry that a man who [he] worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades.” He added that the producer’s actions “made [him] sick.”
McGowan took none of it. Affleck knew about Weinstein’s behavior, she told the New York Times, adding that she told the actor about the producer’s previous advances on her.
“‘GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT’ you said that to my face,” McGowan tweeted on Tuesday. “You lie.”
“Ben Affleck f*** off,” she added in a separate post.
McGowan has also called on the Weinstein Company’s entire board to resign.
According to the New York Times, Weinstein reached a $100,000 (£76,000) settlement with McGowan “after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival” in 1997. She was 23 at the time.
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Shortly after Affleck posted his statement on Weinstein, “One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton accused Affleck of groping her breasts during an appearance on MTV in 2003. She was 21 at the time. Affleck has since tweeted an apology for acting “inappropriately.”
In a series of graphic tweets on Wednesday, makeup artist Annamarie Tendler also accused Affleck of touching her inappropriately at a Golden Globes party in 2004.
On Thursday, Twitter gave a statement explaining why it locked McGowan’s account:
We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service. The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future. Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.