Rose McGowan has accused The Descendants and Sideways director Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct. The actress shared her alleged expertise with Payne in a sequence of tweets Sunday and Monday, recounting spending time with the two-time Oscar winner when she was 15 years previous.
“You sat me down & played a soft-core porn movie you directed for Showtime under a different name,” she wrote. “I still remember your apartment in Silverlake.”
McGowan, who was one of many fist ladies to overtly talk about Harvey Weinstein’s predetory habits that ultimately led to his eventual trial and conviction on sexual assault costs, stated Payne left her on a avenue nook after their time collectively.
In one other tweet in response to her first, the Charmed actress posted a photograph of herself at age 15 and stated she isn’t citing the incident with intentions “to destroy.” As a substitute, she demanded an acknowledgement and apology from the director.
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Payne and his reps haven’t responded to requests for remark.
McGowan recalled what seems to be the identical incident in 2018 throughout a dialog with Ronan Farrow, in response to The Reduce. Throughout the dialog, Farrow famous that the actress instructed him she had skilled statutory rape by the hands of “a prominent man in Hollywood.” She didn’t title names on the time, however she stated that the director took her residence, confirmed her an inappropriate film and engaged along with her sexually. She instructed Farrow that since she had been drawn to the him, she performed off the incident a “sexual experience.”
On Monday, the actress posted a prolonged assertion on Instagram about her accusation, saying “I now know I was groomed.”
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Final night time I dropped a bomb of reality. For years I had thought a person I had sexual relations with was a a sexual expertise I had. I now know I used to be groomed. I auditioned for him at 15. After my expertise with him, I give up appearing solely till I used to be ‘discovered’ at 21. When that occurred, I used to be like, fuck it, let’s do that. I even tweeted a congratulations on his Oscar win in 2012, that’s how deep within the Cult of Hollywood I used to be. It wasn’t till three weeks after the Weinstein story broke that I re-evaluated the scenario. I really feel badly about throwing a bomb into somebody’s life and profession, however I assume that’s social conditioning. I’m extra unhappy than indignant. Unhappy for 15 year-old me. Unhappy for the grownup me that also thought it was a alternative I made. Grooming is actual. I would like you all to know that it’s not your fault if you happen to had been mentally massaged into considering it’s okay. It’s not. I do know this now. I might even go as much as this director at occasions and ask him, with a smile, “remember when you had sex with me at 15?” And I might snigger it off. That’s deep societal programming. If you’re on the market attempting to have intercourse with an underage minor, you’re committing a criminal offense, even when the minor doesn’t comprehend it. I used to be drawn to him, so I believed it was on me, however that’s not appropriate. I used to be not an grownup. When it occurred, I’d not too long ago been left behind in Hollywood by a member of the family to fend for myself. The wolves preyed. Please acknowledge that if this has occurred to you, the disgrace isn’t yours, it’s theirs. Give it again. Groomers are expert operators and at 15, I used to be not conscious of the warning indicators. I named him on Twitter, however since Instagram is my softer aspect, I simply don’t need his title right here. Goddess bless us all, apart from people who abuse their energy. Right here’s to freedom, yours and mine.
McGowan emancipated herself someday within the late 1980s and moved to Los Angeles, which was about the identical time Payne began bringing in directing credit. His first directing undertaking was 1985’s Carmen.