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Robert Rodriguez Denies Rose McGowan's 'Mind Games' Accusation While Filming 'Grindhouse'
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After Rose claims in Vanity Fair that he used her traumatic experiences with Harvey Weinstein as 'a tool of mind games' while filming the 2007 film, Robert says that the piece is inaccurate.

Robert Rodriguez has responded to accusation made by his ex and actress Rose McGowan about him and the movie they worked on together, "Grindhouse". After Vanity Fair features an excerpt of the actress' upcoming memoir in which she says he used her traumatic experiences with Harvey Weinstein as "a tool of mind games" while filming the 2007 film, the filmmaker says the piece is inaccurate.

In a statement released via TheWrap, Robert says that "there are some key factual errors in the piece." He states, "It is unfortunate that Vanity Fair reporter Evgenia Peretz did not reach out to me for comment or clarification, even after my widely reported statement in October 2017 regarding Rose McGowan and Harvey Weinstein. It is deeply disappointing that the fact checkers at publishing house HarperOne did not reach out to me either. As a result, there are some key factual errors in the piece."

"These inaccuracies may appear to put me at odds with Rose, but I have no quarrel with her. It's when publications don't fact check these basic things, you end up with something inaccurate that then has to be disqualified," the 49-year-old filmmaker continued. "And I don't want to have to disqualify it because I agree with what Rose is trying to do overall, which is continue to push for change both in our industry and beyond."

Rose said in her upcoming book, "Brave", that Robert filmed a scene in which Quentin Tarantino's rapist character attacked McGowan's character. "I was in a backward world," she said. "I was losing my grip on sanity."

The 44-year-old actress also said via Twitter back in 2016 that "my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution," a statement widely believed to be about Robert and Harvey.

Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016

However, Robert says in his statement, "I did not sell the movie to the Weinsteins, they had a first look on my next project, and I owed them two more after that. ('Grindhouse', 'Spykids 4' and 'Sin City 2' fulfilled my obligations to them.)"

He goes on saying, "The scene described in the Vanity Fair article where the rapist taunts the character played by Rose (before she turns around and stabs him in the eye and kills him) was in every draft of the script since the first draft issued to cast and crew dated January 24, 2006. Furthermore, that very scene wasn't even filmed until 5 months later, on June 28, 2006."

"Again, if there was any objection to the scene there was plenty of time to address it," he continues. "It was never brought up as being an issue." He notes, "In fact, the point of the scene was always to be empowering because it's when her character turns the tables against her oppressors."

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