Rose McGowan has accused the Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne of committing sexual misconduct towards her when she was 15.
The actor, activist and director, who was instrumental within the early takedown of Harvey Weinstein after publicly accusing him of rape, wrote allegations towards Payne on Twitter.
“Alexander Payne,” McGowan tweeted. “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.”
In a second tweet, McGowan added: “I just want an acknowledgement and an apology. I do not want to destroy. This was me at 15.” She connected to the tweet a picture of herself at 15, in addition to a GIF wherein she might be seen making a hand gesture in entrance of the phrase “NO”.
Payne has received two Finest Tailored Screenplay Oscars, for his movies Sideways and Nebraska, and has directed movies together with The Descendants, Election and Downsizing.
Whereas showing on Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill podcast in February, McGowan mentioned an incident of statutory rape dedicated towards her by an older filmmaker when she was 15.
“In 2017 … I started reviewing a relationship, quote unquote, that I had had with a very powerful, well not at the time powerful at all, but powerful [man],” she stated. “He was really cool and very handsome and probably like 32 or 33.”
“How old were you?” Farrow requested. “15,” McGowan replied. “Trying again, I used to be groomed. I auditioned for him, after which he took me again to his residence in Silver Lake, performed me a comfortable porn film he’d directed for Showtime below a unique identify, after which I slept with him.
“Then he left me on the street corner next to Cafe Tropical on Sunset [Boulevard]. But I’d always framed it, when I would see him around, I always thought he was really handsome and I liked him. And I would say to him, ‘Isn’t it funny? I can’t believe you slept with me when I was 15.’ And I thought that was funny.”
“I assume, looking back, you no longer find that funny?” Farrow requested.
“No, and in fact when I started to break it down and figure it out, I started crying because I felt really bad for that girl that was left on that street corner,” she stated. “I still talk about it like that, like that ‘young girl’ or that … it’s a very divorced feeling from me. But I think it’s just coping mechanisms. But I don’t know, I haven’t decided what to do with that information.”
When Farrow requested if she would ever identify the person in query, McGowan stated: “I’ll go reflect on it more and get back to you.”
The Impartial has reached out to Payne’s representatives for remark.