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Rose McGowan reveals she was raped: 'It's an open secret in Hollywood'

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Rose McGowan has claimed that she was raped by a top Hollywood executive in the past.

The former Charmed actress made the brave revelation on Twitter in response to the trending hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport, which encourages women to speak out about abuse they may have suffered.

Rose, 43, listed her reasons in a series of tweets, saying that she was "shamed" over the sexual assault that is an "open secret" in Hollywood.

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Rose McGowan made the revelation in response to the trending hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport

"A (female) criminal attorney said because I'd done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head. #WhyWomenDontReport," she wrote.

"It's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist #WhyWomenDontReport," she added.

Rose, who has been engaged to Marilyn Manson and director Robert Rodriguez in the past, and is divorced from artist Davey Detail, also wrote: "Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport."

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The Charmed star claims she was raped by a Hollywood studio head

Rose publicly thanked filmmaker Cassian Elwes for supporting her. Cassian tweeted that he was in her "army" to which the actress replied: "When no one else in Hollywood would listen, you heard. When no one else in Hollywood would do, you acted."

The Scream star has been campaigning against US presidential candidate Donald Trump in the lead-up to the November elections, and in the wake of the numerous sexual assault claims made against him.

She has been promoting the #WomenCanStopTrump movement and on Friday shared a powerful video, urging women in the US to vote. "If women vote together we can and will stop Trump," she said.