Rose McGowan: Weinstein legal action costing her house

Rose McGowan participates in the 'Citizen Rose' panel during the NBC Universal Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Tuesday, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP)
Updated 10 January 2018
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Rose McGowan: Weinstein legal action costing her house

PASADENA: Rose McGowan, refusing to identify Harvey Weinstein by name, said unspecified legal action by the man she instead calls “the monster” is forcing her to sell her house to fight him.
The actress-turned-activist spoke to TV critics Tuesday about her upcoming documentary series “Citizen Rose” and what she called her global struggle against sexual assault and economic injustice.
McGowan helped start a national public discussion when she accused Hollywood mogul Weinstein of raping her. Weinstein, facing numerous other accusations of misconduct, has repeatedly denied “allegations of non-consensual sex.”
“Citizen Rose,” debuting Jan. 30 on E!, refers only to Weinstein as “HW” or “the monster,” said executive director Andrea Metz. In video remarks before the panel, McGowan asked reporters to refrain from saying Weinstein’s name and to ask respectful questions to acknowledge her humanity.
The former star of “Charmed” was asked if she had any qualms working for E!, which was called out on the Golden Globes red carpet by stars unhappy with E! host Catt Sadler’s departure over pay disparity. The issue arose after she’d made a deal with the channel for series, McGowan said, adding, “Let me hang out for a while and maybe things will change.”
Frances Berwick, who oversees E! as president of Lifestyles Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, addressed the issue after McGowan’s Q&A. Sadler, who said she quit E! because she was paid less than fellow host Jason Kennedy, had a different role than Kennedy and therefore a different salary, Berwick said.
Sadler was a daytime host and Kennedy worked in prime-time news and on the red carpet, Berwick told the Television Critics Association.
McGowan has been privately taping her life for several years, joining with Bunim-Murrary Productions to create the documentary series, McGowan said.
“I want to be like Gertrude Stein, to have a conversation with the world instead of just in my living room,” said McGowan, who is highly visible on social media. She called the series “raw” and her “truth.”
“I’m really just trying to stop international rapists and child molesters,” she said at another point, after a reporter had asked if she was a “warrior.”
McGowan separated herself from Hollywood’s anti-misconduct Time’s Up initiative, saying she does not believe change will come from those who hold power in the industry.
A settlement reached with Weinstein in 1997 over an encounter in a hotel room during the Sundance film festival didn’t include a non-disclosure agreement, McGowan said. But she added that she faces the sale of her house to pay “legal bills fighting off the monster.”
There was no record of a lawsuit by Weinstein against McGowan in Los Angeles courts, where the actress has lived, although legal action may not have arisen to the level of a public filing yet.
She went public with her accusation of rape after The New York Times reported on the settlement as part of a larger expose on Weinstein.


The ethical gold rush: Gilded age for guilt-free jewelry

Updated 21 April 2019
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The ethical gold rush: Gilded age for guilt-free jewelry

  • Specialized producers now tack a “fairmined” ecologically friendly label on their output
  • Swiss house Chopard last year became the first big name to commit to “100 percent ethical” creations

PARIS: Forget how many carats — how ethical is your gold? As high-end consumers demand to know the origin of their treasures, some jewellers are ensuring they use responsibly sourced, eco-friendly or recycled gold.
Specialized producers now tack a “fairmined” ecologically friendly label on their output, and the Swiss house Chopard last year became the first big name to commit to “100 percent ethical” creations.
The Geneva-based firm, which makes the Palme d’Or trophy for the Cannes Film Festival, says it now uses only verified suppliers of gold that meet strict standards to minimize negative environmental impacts of mining the precious metal.
Among the many certificates and standards claiming to codify “responsible” goldmining, two labels stand out.
They are “fairmined” gold — a label certified by a Colombian NGO — and the more widely known “fairtrade” label launched by Swiss foundation Max Havelaar.
Both support artisanal mines that seek to preserve the environment in terms of extraction methods, along with decent working conditions and wages for the miners.
Such production remains limited — just a few hundred kilograms annually. Global gold output by comparison totals around 3,300 tons.
Concerned jewellers are keen to ensure they can trace the source of their entire supply to an ethical production cycle and to firms certified by the not-for-profit Responsible Jewellery Council, which has developed norms for the entire supply chain.
RJC members must adhere to tough standards governing ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices across the precious metals industry.
The French luxury group Kering, which says it has bought more than 3.5 tons of “responsibly produced” gold since 2015 for its Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo and Gucci brands, has committed to 100 percent use of “ethical” gold by 2020.
“We are trying to maximize the proportion of Fairmined and Fairtrade gold — but their modest production is in great demand so the bulk of our sourcing remains recycled gold, (which is) certified ‘RJC Chain of Custody’,” says Claire Piroddi, sustainability manager for Kering’s jewelry and watches.
Fairmined or Fairtrade gold is “about 10 to 12 percent more expensive. But recycled gold barely generates any additional cost premium,” Piroddi told AFP, since it was already refined for a previous life in the form of jewelry or part of a high-tech product.
Going a step further, using only precious metal from electronic or industrial waste is an original idea developed by Courbet, a brand launched just last spring.
“We do not want to promote mining extraction or use recently extracted gold, so we sought suppliers who recycle gold used in graphics cards or computer processors. That’s because we know today that more than half of gold’s available reserves have already been extracted,” says Marie-Ann Wachtmeister, Courbet’s co-founder and artistic director.
She says the brand’s watchwords are ethical and environmental consciousness.
“In a mine, a ton of terrain might contain five grams of gold, whereas a ton of electronic waste might generate 200 grams,” Wachtmeister says.
“Clients are also demanding an ecological approach more and more — they are aware of their day-to-day impact and consider the origin of what they wear,” she adds.
“The issue of supply really resonates with the public at large,” adds Thierry Lemaire, director general of Ponce, a jewelry firm that was established in Paris’s fashionable Marais district in 1886.
The company is RJC-certified and uses only recycled gold.
“There is a logic to that — if we want to do our work well, then let’s go the whole hog and respect nature. That can be done today because the entire chain has become standardised.
“Studios such as ours that work for major names on Place Vendome are all certified,” Lemaire says, referring to an upscale square in Paris.
He represents the fifth generation of family firm Ponce, which produces 45,000 gold rings a year from recycled gold.
Working in a pungent atmosphere of heated metal, refiners sit hunched over polishing machines, a large leather hide slung over their knees to catch the tiniest shaving.
“Every Friday, we have a great clearout and go over the workshop with a fine-tooth comb to pick up little bits of (gold) dust and shavings,” Lemaire says.
“Nothing is lost, it’s a truly virtuous chain.”