Rose McGowan, one of the first women to speak out against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, has spoken of the relief in finally seeing him in handcuffs.

The actress and activist Rose McGowan, who has become one of the most well-known faces of the #MeToo movement, has spoken out about her relief over the arrest of Harvey Weinstein in New York on Friday.

The disgraced movie producer is charged with the rape of one woman and with forcing another to perform oral sex. He has been accused of a range of sexual assault and harassment by over 80 women since the story broke in the Fall of 2017.

“We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you,” were the first words McGowan, an Italian-born actress of Irish descent, tweeted on Friday morning.  

We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) May 25, 2018

The actress has made three televised appearances since it emerged on Thursday that Weinstein planned to hand himself in for arrest, also posting to Instagram about the commitment she made in coming forward and ensuring that Weinstein answered for the decades of alleged abuse of tens of women.

"I and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law,” she wrote.

“Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity.

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"I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths."

She also committed to attending Weinstein’s trial, if she is given the opportunity, in an interview with the Associated Press.

LOOK HIM SQUARELY IN THE EYE: #RoseMcGowan says she hopes to attend any upcoming trial for #HarveyWeinstein, as he turns himself in to police. pic.twitter.com/wdvtndpVWR

— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) May 25, 2018

"If I'm allowed to, I will attend," she said.

"And hopefully that will actually heal a lot of the kind of trauma I get whenever I see his face or whenever I hear his name or whenever I have to read or hear that he says it was consensual.

"And I'll get to sit there and I'll get to look at him. And I'll get to be an eye and so many other victims will get to look him square in the eye and just by being there, represent the fact that we did not want this. We did not ask for this. We were just people."

McGowan told Good Morning America about her desire to see Weinstein in handcuffs but how she did not think it would happen, claiming that the arrest was planned to coincide with a slow news weekend.

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"I feel shocked. I would say it's just so big," she said.

"I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him. I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on.

"They did something nice for him, that means he has friends in high places still,” McGowan added.

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