'Let's hope that justice works', says McGowan
Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein's earliest accusers - who alleges he raped her 20 years ago - is "in shock" at the charges against him and is praying they will stick.
"I still have very guarded hopes," the actress said.
"The justice system has been something very elusive. I hope in this case it works."
After the news of his arrest broke yesterday, McGowan tweeted: "We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you."
Later, she said: "I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere because one win is a win for all of us."
The former Charmed star (44) said it came as a huge surprise when she found out Weinstein (66) had handed himself in to a New York police station.
"I haven't come out of the shock yet. This is somebody who has been my nemesis for 20 years," she said.
McGowan believes the repercussions of the Weinstein scandal will have a profound and lasting impact on how society treats powerful abusers who engage in sexual misconduct.
"We can't go backward," she said.
"The genie can't go back in the bottle. This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still."
She added that it is equally important that the #MeToo movement will help women who, unlike many of Weinstein's accusers, are not famous.
"If it's being done to me and other people who are well-known, what's happening to those who aren't?" she said.
"There are always going to be social predators and sociopaths, but the ones that to me are more guilty are the ones that kept everything quiet and covered everything up.
"Those are the ones that need to change their behaviour. They know who they are. I think five years from now, a lot of these weeds will be taken out.
"The conversation will keep getting deeper.
"It will continue because we needed to have a conversation about truth. Victims tell the truth, no matter how long and how hard it is to tell the truth or whether you have been saying it for 20 years and nobody cared to listen."
When asked if she planned to be in court if Weinstein is sent for trial, she quietly laughed and replied: "Yes. Yes, I will."