Rose McGowan Accuses Director Alexander Payne of Sexual Misconduct When She Was 15
In two tweets today, McGowan accused the director of sexually inappropriate behaviour with her when she was underage. While the details are somewhat hazy, she suggested that Payne showed her a softcore porn movie and exposed himself to her when she was a teen. Payne is 12 years her senior.
Payne — whose credits include The Descendants, Nebraska and Downsizing — has not been formally charged with a crime, nor has he responded to the allegations.
Read McGowan's two tweets below.
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
I just want an acknowledgement and an apology. I do not want to destroy. This was me at 15. pic.twitter.com/XeNpsrpY4s— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) August 17, 2020
UPDATE (8/17, 4:40 p.m. ET): Speaking to Variety, McGowan has elaborated on her tweets, explaining the following: "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) six 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."