McGowan, who has been on the forefront of the #MeToo movement after breaking her silence about the alleged rape and even wrote an upcoming memoir about her experiences, detailed the 1997 winter morning incident in a lengthy Elle article.
McGowan recalled being at the Sundance Film Festival promoting "Scream" and having an MTV camera crew follow her around for a day-in-the-life special that never ended up airing. She described arriving at Weinstein's hotel room at 10 a.m. for what was supposed to be a business meeting.
"I turned to the camera and I said, 'I think my life is finally getting easier!'" McGowan said. "I was very mad at myself about that -- like I cursed myself with that simple line, that it was me who did it, that I jinxed my life."
"Everybody, looking back, was part of a setup," she continued. "The assistants that came out of the room before I went in. Everybody."
McGowan said that once she and Weinstein were alone, she was "pushed into a tiny room" and "froze."
"He's giant," she said. "He's about 6'4 by 6'4. In health class, they never talked to boys about not raping, but they did tell girls that the best way to survive was to just submit to it. Surrender, or you'll get killed. But the thing is, it kills you anyway."
After the alleged sexual assault, Weinstein paid McGowan $100,000, which the actress immediately donated to a domestic-abuse charity because she "didn't want any of his money" in her account.
"It was my only way of saying, 'No, I didn't want this.'"
But what McGowan didn't realize was that her 1997 settlement did not include a nondisclosure clause. Initially, the actress would only hint at her allegations against Weinstein. As part of her October 2016 Twitter brigade using the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport, she wrote, "It's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist... Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution."
McGowan also claimed in the week leading up to the publication of the infamous New York Times exposé, Weinstein's representatives offered her $1 million to keep her mouth shut. She had recently discovered the nondisclosure clause she thought she signed was nonexistent, and the rest is history.
McGowan also jabbed her ex-fiancé, Robert Rodriguez, again. After telling Vanity Fair in a piece published earlier this week that she believes the director exploited her traumatic experience with Weinstein during the production of "Planet Terror," she described him to Elle as "a very powerful dude ... who has a lot of people snowed."
"He snowed me," she added. The article didn't elaborate on what she meant by "snowed," but could mean to persuade or deceive.
McGowan said it was during a 2007 Rolling Stone cover shoot for "Grindhouse" -- the double feature movie Rodriguez made "Planet Terror" for -- that she had a feminist awakening.
"There was nothing on the rack except for two belts of bullets," she said of the shoot that would wind up featuring McGowan and Rosario Dawson bare butt cheek to bare butt cheek. "I was like, where are the clothes? I was the thing set to make you feel like you weren't quite good enough and I was going to steal your boyfriend. I was the thing that got every message dispersed through the airwaves and the ether to girls. I was ground zero for it. I've seen it. I am it. And it enrages me."
McGowan said that she's getting more movie offers now than ever before, including one from Rodriguez, who supposedly suggested she star in or co-direct a film with him.
"It's really funny the people that have reached out, thinking I wanna star in movies," she said, adding that in Rodriguez's pitch, he told her she could "have her own Furiosa" -- a reference to the "Mad Max" heroine.
"I wanna be like, bitch, I am Furiosa," McGowan said. "I don't need to play her in a movie. I shatter things in real life."