Hollywood actor and a prominent part in the Harvey Weinstein trial, Rose McGowan has accused The Descendants and Jurassic Park 3 director Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct.
The actor shared her alleged experience with Payne in a chain of tweets Sunday and Monday, recounting spending time with the two-time Oscar winner when she was 15 years old.
“You sat me down and 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 the first women to openly call out Weinstein’s predatory behavior that eventually led to his eventual trial and conviction on sexual assault charges, alleged that Payne left her on a street corner after their time together.
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. pic.twitter.com/mVqiN4S9NW— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) August 17, 2020
In a follow up tweet, the Charmed actor posted a photo of herself at age 15 and said she isn’t bringing up the incident with intentions “to destroy.” Instead, she just meant to ask for an acknowledgement and apology from the director.
Payne and his representatives have not responded to the allegations yet.
McGowan recalled what appears to be the same incident in 2018 during a conversation with Ronan Farrow, according to The Cut. During the conversation, Farrow noted that the actor told him she had experienced statutory rape at the hands of “a prominent man in Hollywood.”
She did not name names at the time, but she recalled the same story – a director taking her home, showing her an inappropriate film and engaging with her sexually. She told Farrow that since she had been attracted to him, she played off the incident as a “sexual experience.”
On Monday, the actor posted a lengthy statement on Instagram about her accusation, saying “I now know I was groomed.”
McGowan emancipated herself sometime in the late 1980s and moved to Los Angeles, which was about the same time Payne started bringing in directing credits. His first directing project was 1985’s Carmen.
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