Rose McGowan Accuses Director Alexander Payne Of Sexual Misconduct: "I Was 15"
Rose McGowan has accused Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct in an alleged incident when she was just 15-years-old.
Rose McGowan has accused director Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct.
The 46-year-old actress — who previously accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct — has alleged that the Sideways and The Descendants filmmaker "played a soft-core porn movie" for her when she was just 15-years-old.
On Monday (Aug 17), she tweeted, "Alexander Payne. You sat me down & played a soft-core porn movie you directed for Showtime under a different name. I still remember your apartment in Silverlake. You are very well-endowed. You left me on a street corner afterwards. I was 15 ... I just want an acknowledgement and an apology. I do not want to destroy. This was me at 15."
In a Whatsapp interview with Variety, McGowan provided more details of the alleged encounter with Payne who won two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways and The Descendants.
“I feel very badly for my 15 year-old self. I had auditioned for him. He took me home afterwards. I quit acting after that and then was discovered by Ilene Staple (a friend of Gregg Araki) 6 years later. It wasn’t until after the HW [Harvey Weinstein] stories came out that I reframed the Payne of it all. I had for years looked at it as a sexual encounter, not understanding what it really was. It was a grooming situation. The first time I’d been shown a straight porn.’
“He left me on the corner in front of Café Tropical in Silverlake to find my own way home.
“I feel extreme emotional exhaustion today.”
This is the first time McGowan has named Payne, but in the past, she has referred to an incident of alleged misconduct. In 2018, she told investigative journalist Ronan Farrow that she had sexual encounter with a "very famous man when was 15, and said she recently learned it was statutory rape and that she would eventually come forward with the man's name when she was ready.
In the Variety interview, McGowan explained why she was now ready to make the allegation against Payne. She said: “It just came over me. It was time.”
Meanwhile, McGowan previously insisted she has finally found peace in her life.
She said: "The feeling of peace has come. This person can't hurt me anymore. He was a one-man wrecking crew. He destroyed so many lives. Thank God the jury saw through that old fashioned sl*t-shaming. After he was found guilty, he said, 'I can't believe this happened in America.' It was the first time I ever agreed with him."
McGowan was in "utter shock" when Weinstein's guilty verdict came through because she expected the producer to walk away.
Asked how she felt about the verdict, she said: "I was in utter shock. The cases they tried in Manhattan were the weakest cases they had I think Harvey thought he was going to get off because of that. That's why he was sleeping through testimony.
"One of his core victims was having a full breakdown and he slept through it."
McGowan has previously spoken of her belief that people were being paid to "terrorise" her and she's admitted the pressure got so bad, she fled to a retirement complex, where she had a "nervous breakdown.
She said: "A year and a half ago, people were being paid to drive me insane and terrorise me and plant drugs. It was like I had spies following me, recording my life secretly. I had all this crazy pressure. I cracked at one point, after someone was hired to terrorise me at a book signing. I hid at a retirement community in Florida, among a bunch of senior citizens, and I had a nervous breakdown there. I learned that you can survive your brain breaking and you can put it back together. What I have now is a peace that can't be bought — and I didn't have that before. Ever."— BANG
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