In a scathing post on her social media account, the #MeToo advocate has said that people are beginning to see "the ugly truth" about the former TV show host.
Rose McGowan has accused Oprah of being a "lizard". The actor, who is a survivor of sexual assault, wrote a public post on Twitter alongside a 2014 picture of Oprah Winfrey kissing former Hollywood film mogul and known sexual offender Harvey Weinstein on the cheek.
She wrote: "I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of Oprah [tagging her]. I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard"
McGowan's tweet is highlighting the accusations made towards Russell Simmons, who is facing rape charges from three women. Oprah was lined up to executive produce a documentary, 'On The Record', centred around the music mogul's sexual misconduct, but later left the project due to creative differences with the documentary's directors.
When the news broke, Oprah said to the Hollywood Reporter: "I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision."
McGowan was integral in the early formation of the #MeToo movement which began in 2017, and she was also one of the first women to come forward and accuse Weinstein of rape. In March 2020, the disgraced mogul was sentenced to 23 years in prison following allegations from a number of women.
Rose McGowan's claims against Oprah arrive days after a Dolly Parton interview with the talk show host resurfaced online. Users on social media have criticised the questions asked by Oprah, which they believe are unfairly targeted at the country star.