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Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano's Feud Explained — inside the 'Charmed' Co-stars' Drama

Manuela Cardiga
Jan 18, 2021
05:00 A.M.
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14 years after "Charmed" ended, co-stars Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan are still embroiled in a heated feud, now being carried over into social media.


Despite their friendly demeanor in red carpet snaps, actresses Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan have been at loggerheads for years, and now they've taken their feud onto Twitter.

The "Scream" actress accuses her former colleague of "stealing" the #MeToo movement, which was fueled in part by McGowan's denouncement of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rapist.

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In October 2017, Rose McGowan came out publicly with an accusation of rape against former Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein. It was to be the beginning of a movement to eradicate the widespread sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.

McGowan had been assaulted by Weinstein in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival and had allegedly made an outcry to her "Phantoms" costar Ben Affleck, whom she accused of being part of the coverup.

McGowan revealed that throughout her years working with the actress on "Charmed," Milano had created a toxic environment on set.


When McGowan's story broke, it quickly gained momentum as more and more women came forward and joined their voices to hers. Over 80 women in the entertainment industry have accused Weinstein of sexual abuse.

The victims extolled other women who had been molested to add the hashtag "MeToo" to their social media posts in order to make people aware of the true extent of the phenomenon throughout our society.



As the newborn #MeToo movement gained momentum, actress Alyssa Milano, who began her career as a child star in the hit comedy "Who's The Boss" playing Tony Danza's daughter, became vocal in its favor.

Milano and McGowan had worked together in the long-running supernatural series "Charmed," and their relationship on set was far from amicable. McGowan would later describe Milano as "toxic."



In August 2020, Milano lashed out at McGowan over her expressed views on the Democratic party, and the "Scream" actress quickly retaliated on Twitter, accusing her of "stealing" the #MeToo movement.

McGowan further stated that she believed Milano was jealous of her for having had the courage to accuse her alleged rapist publicly and wanted to get a share of the attention the movement had garnered.



McGowan revealed that throughout her years working with the actress on "Charmed," Milano had created a toxic environment on set, so much so that she cried each time the show was renewed.

McGowan described Milano's behavior on set, revealing that she frequently ranted and screamed, using profanity and abusive language. McGowan stated that she never socialized with Milano or their costar Holly Marie Combs.



As a consequence of McGowan's accusation and the #MeToo movement, Hollywood celebrities banded to create the Time's Up movement, dedicated to raising funds to help victims get justice.

McGowan stated in an interview in 2018 that she believed Milano and her agent husband Dave Bugliari, who works for the Creative Artists Agency, where Time's Up activists meet, are involved to benefit themselves.



Milano responded at that time, expressing her support for McGowan and her admiration for her courage in speaking out about the predatory system that had victimized so many women. Milano said:

"My goal throughout the past few months (...) has been to use my platform to give others a voice (...) to stamp out sexual harassment.”

Both women have become vocal advocates of the #MeToo movement and have done much to change the abuse-tolerant culture prevalent in Hollywood. Still, their feud threatens to derail their achievements.


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