(Updated with more information) Rose McGowan has accused The Descendants and Sideways director Alexander Payne of predatory behavior. The actress 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 & 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 fist women to openly speak about Harvey Weinstein’s predetory behavior that eventually led to his eventual trial and conviction on sexual assault charges, said Payne left her on a street corner after their time together.
In another tweet in response to her first, the Charmed actress posted a photo of herself at age 15 and said she isn’t bringing up the incident with intentions “to destroy.” Instead, she demanded an acknowledgement and apology from the director.
Payne and his reps have not responded to requests for comment.
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 actress 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 said that the director took her home, showed her an inappropriate movie and engaged with her sexually. She told Farrow that since she had been attracted to the him, she played off the incident a “sexual experience.”
On Monday, the actress posted a lengthy statement on Instagram about her accusation, saying “I now know I was groomed.”
McGowan moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s, which was about the same time Payne started bringing in regular directing credits. His first directing project was 1985’s Carmen.