In 2017, McGowan was one of several woman who came forward to allege that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her. In March 2020, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of sexual assault and third-degree rape.
While speaking on the Grounded With Louis Theroux podcast, the former Charmed actor said that she used a specific technique in order to gain media attention when speaking out about her allegations.
“Honestly, it was really weird, but I started looking at how predators groomed kids and women and whoever they abused, and I used their tactics on the media,” she said.
“I started following journalists all over the world... I started disseminating my tweets and my information to them, and they look at who’s verified that’s following them, and so just stuff I say would end up flooding worldwide news.”
McGowan explained that she started employing this course of action “on a regular basis”.
“Because I had to train people in the media to listen to me differently, begrudgingly,” she stated.
The activist added that the media “were very scared of me, because I don’t care”.
“I’ve been f***ed with so much in my life, I’m like why not do the scary thing, if it’s for the greater good,” McGowan told Louis Theroux.
“I talk about this in my book, I saw a sticker on the back of a car, when I first moved to America and it says subvert the dominant paradigm and I worked it through my mind...
“What that might look like, what that means and I decided from a very early age, to game the system.”
McGowan also told Theroux that she joined the cast of TV show Charmed “very strategically”, having alleged that Weinstein prevented her from being hired for film roles in Hollywood.
“So like, when I [did] a popular TV show, I joined very strategically,” she said.
“One because it was a job and I couldn’t get one in film after I’d been blacklisted by Harvey, but two because it was already a hit worldwide and I knew when it came time to strike, the media would be listening because I had a global footprint.”