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Actress Rose McGowan says growing up as a teen in the US was ‘more traumatizing’ than being in a cult

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Actress Rose McGowan says that growing up in the United States was far more traumatizing than growing up in a cult — which she also reportedly did.

What are the details?

According to an interview published in the Daily Mail, McGowan — one of Harvey Weinstein's more vocal accusers — revealed that she moved from Tuscany, Italy, when she was just 10 years old.

The interview, which was conducted for FUBAR Radio, revealed allegations of bullying dating back to her early teen years.

"I've found America absolutely harrowing," McGowan said. "America was a lot more traumatizing to me. ... I found America much, much more hardcore than the cult."

McGowan was reportedly raised in the Children of God cult, which encouraged sex with children.

"In one state I lived in, I had things thrown at me every day," McGowan said. Bullies also reportedly told the actress "you're the ugliest thing I've ever seen."

McGowan said the abuse didn't even stop when she became an actress in Hollywood — a move which ultimately culminated in a reported sexual assault by embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein. At least 87 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has denied any incidents of non-consensual sex.

What happened during filming?

During the filming of one movie, McGowan said that she was subjected to verbal abuse by two female directors.

"I worked with two [women] and they were as horrible as the men," she revealed. "They took it upon themselves to behave very much like the male directors I'd worked with.

"I was completely flummoxed, because I was playing in both movies very strong women, and they came for me so hard, and I didn't understand," McGowan added.

"I had a scene in a boxing club, so there were, like, a hundred extras and men in the ring," she recalled. "It's all men, and then I walk in the room, so there's all this testosterone. And I was wearing — I shouldn't even have to qualify what I was wearing, which [the female director approved] — was a skirt to my knees, boots to my knees, tights, a big jacket, and a turtle neck."

McGowan continued, "[The female director] said in front of everybody, 'Wow, you look like a whore. Well, we don't have any time to change this. OK. Action."

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