Actress and #MeToo activist Rose McGowan has accused double Academy Award winner Alexander Payne of sexually inappropriate behavior towards her at the age of 15, but has said she only wants an “apology,” not to “destroy.”
“Alexander Payne. You sat me down & played a soft-core porn movie you directed for Showtime under a different name,” the actress said in a Twitter post addressing the film director. She added that she still remembers his apartment in Silverlake and that he is “very well-endowed.”
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
McGowan also said that she was 15 at the time of the alleged encounter, in a post featuring a GIF of herself saying “no.”
The actress was one of the more prominent figures in the #MeToo movement and was one of the first women to accuse Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault back in 2017. Many commenters on social media reacted to her tweet about Payne by quickly expressing their sympathy for the actress, while others called for swift retribution against the film director, demanding he be “cancelled.”
A couple of hours later, the actress followed up with a tweet saying she just wants “an acknowledgement and apology” and does not “want to destroy.” Payne has not yet commented on the accusations.
I just want an acknowledgement and an apology. I do not want to destroy. This was me at 15. pic.twitter.com/XeNpsrpY4s
Payne, 59, is known for such films as ‘Sideways’ and ‘The Descendants’, both of which earned him Academy Awards for best adapted screenplay.
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