Rose McGowan has slammed fellow #MeToo advocate Alyssa Milano for endorsing 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after he was recently accused of sexual assault by a former staffer.
“You are a fraud,” McGowan, 46, tweeted the former “Charmed” star. “This is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME.”
Milano, 47, tweeted in response, “I continue to support you and applaud your bravery as well as acknowledge all the people you have helped along the way, @Rosemcgowan. Be well and stay safe.”
Earlier this month, Tara Reade, who worked at Biden’s Senate Office in 1993, accused the politician of inappropriately touching her without her consent multiple times.
“There was no exchange, really. He just had me up against the wall,” Reade alleged amid tears in an interview with Katie Halper. “His hands were on me and underneath my clothes, and then he went down my skirt, but up inside it.”
According to Deadline, Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said in response, “Women have the right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”
Milano appeared on SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy” show with Andy Cohen on Monday and explained why she had been quiet about the allegations made against Biden.
“I believe that even though we should believe women, and that is an important thing, and what that statement really means is that for so long the go-to has been to not to believe them,” she said. “So, really we have to societally change that mindset to believing women, but that does not mean at the expense of not giving men their due process and investigating situations. It’s got to be fair in both directions.”
The former “Who’s The Boss” star was criticized for her remarks — by McGowan and others online — because during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s trial she believed his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, almost immediately.
In September 2018, Ford, 53, came forward in The Washington Post with allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, 55.
In October 2018, the actress told Larry King she did not believe proper “due process” was served in Ford’s case.
“As far as women standing up and holding men that have abused their power accountable, we don’t really know what that due process looks like,” Milano said. “We don’t know what a fair investigation, especially for this Supreme Court nomination, what that would really look like. Do I think the outcome was a fair process? I don’t. I don’t think that all of the people that should have been interviewed were interviewed.”
She continued, “So really anytime we have these conversations about #MeToo, where we hear from women like Dr. Ford, when we hear from women who stand up, who are finding their voice in this process, I think we’re discovering what due process means for this particular issue.”
On Monday, Milano further defended her decision not to immediately support Reade, telling Cohen she did her “due diligence” and focused on the fact that the Time’s Up foundation decided not to take on Reade’s case.
“I did my work and I spoke to Times Up and I just don’t feel comfortable throwing away a decent man that I have known for 15 years in this time of complete chaos without there being a thorough investigation,” she said. “I am sure that mainstream media would be jumping all over this as well if they found more evidence.”
Milano also appeared to backtrack on some of her previous tweets, saying, “I sent the MeToo tweet over two years ago and I never thought it would be something that was going to destroy innocent men. We don’t want that to happen either. So we have to find this balanced in the Believe Women movement and also giving men their due process and realizing we are destroying lives if we publicly don’t go through the right steps in order to find out if an accusation is credible or not.”
A rep for Milano did not immediately return our request for comment.