After nearly two decades, McGowan has spoken about her nearly bared dress. This all at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. The actress stunned viewers when she arrived at the red carpet. This was at the red carpet of the televised ceremony. She was with then-beau Marilyn Manso. McGowan was wearing “the naked dress”. This is a sheer black shimmery beaded gown with a leopard thong.
In the same context, McGowan said, “I [wore] that for a reason.” She continued, “It was my first public appearance after being raped. And I thought, it was kind of like Russell Crowe and ‘Gladiator’ when it comes out in the ring and he’s like ‘Are you not entertained?’”. She continued expressing, “And that was why I did that. That was my response to being assaulted.”
Certainly, McGowan was one of the first women to speak out in The New York Times and The New Yorker. This happened in October 2018 when news broke out. This was about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged sexual misconduct and assault. She claimed the now-67-year-old raped her at his hotel. It was during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. Weinstein has denied the allegation.
After that, the fallen producer has since been accused by more than 60 women. He is currently facing a potential life sentence.
However, this isn’t the first time McGowan has commented about her risqué fashion choice. While some had suspected McGowan was attempted to merely flaunt her assets. Alongside the shock rocker, she insisted that was not her intention.