But McGowan describes herself as the "architect" behind Weinstein's downfall, saying that she encouraged other alleged victims, including Annabella Sciorra and Asia Argento, to go on the record with Farrow: "I started this."
And she bristles at the criticism she's received for taking a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein.
"On Twitter they're always saying" -- she does a whiny tattle-tale voice -- "you took a payment. And I'm like right, and I've lived luxuriously ever after. You stupid idiot. That was to buy and pay for a billboard. That's what I won. Shockingly, 1/8the outdoor advertising company she approached3/8 would not let me. But I think I could still do it."
The message she hoped to advertise would allege that Weinstein was a rapist. (In her memoir, McGowan says most of the money went to intensive therapy and donations to a rape crisis center.)
At this point, such a billboard might not be necessary. More than 80 women have come forward with accusations against the Oscar winner, who's been shunned by the industry that once revered him and faces multiple criminal investigations.
If McGowan has finally succeeded in slaying "her monster," revisiting past traumas and waging daily battles on social media has taken its toll. "People think I fire off these tweets with this rage. Sometimes. But half of the time, maybe 85 percent, I'm crying. It makes me cry a lot. I leak a lot. Every day," she says, nodding her head. "It's a lot. It's a lot."
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