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Artist/activist Rose McGowan has made a startling revelation. She accused director Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct that occurred back when she was 15 years old. Payne was in his 20s at the time. The Charmed actress made the revelations on Twitter and Instagram, while also demanding an apology from the Academy Award-winning director.
Rose McGowan exposes Alexander Payne
McGowan openly accused Payne of sexual misconduct. She said that the director “groomed” her and raped her when she was 15 years old. At that age, it becomes a case of statutory rape for Payne. The actress tweeted:
Furthermore, Rose McGowan also said in a follow-up tweet that she wants only an “acknowledgment and an apology” and that she does not want to “destroy” him. Moreover, McGowan’s allegations line up with an interview she gave to famous journalist Ronan Farrow back in 2018. When Farrow asked McGowan if she was willing to tell the story, she said:
Right now? In general, sure. Right now at this moment? I’ve had a big day. It would make this night very spectacular, I assure you. But let me tell you: He worked for my rapist and won Oscars.
However, McGowan did reveal the details of the sexual misconduct done by that person (revealed to be Alexander Payne):
He took me home, after he met me, and showed me a soft-porn movie he’d made for Showtime, under a different name, of course … And then he had s*x with me. And then he left me next to Tropical in Silver Lake, standing on a street corner.
McGowan was also one of the first women to come forward and publically accuse Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood Mogul, and convicted felon. Later, Rose McGowan went on Instagram and shared her feelings about the revelation against Alexander Payne.
Rose details her experience on Instagram
In her recent Instagram post, Rose McGowan talked in detail about how she dealt with Alexander Payne’s sexual misconduct over the years. She said:
Last night I dropped a bomb of truth. For years I had thought a man I had sexual relations with was a a sexual experience I had. I now know I was groomed. I auditioned for him at 15. After my experience with him, I quit acting entirely until I was ‘discovered’ at 21. When that happened, I was like, f*ck it, let’s do this.
Moreover, McGowan reveals that she even “congratulated” Payne on his Oscar win back in 2012. At the time, she was deep in the Hollywood cult. But, it was Weinstein’s story that made her re-evaluate that experience. hat’s when she realized she was “groomed” by Alexander Payne for statutory rape. Even then, she was more concerned of his career. She said:
I feel badly about throwing a bomb into someone’s life and career, but I guess that’s social conditioning. I’m more sad than angry. Sad for 15 year-old me. Sad for the adult me that still thought it was a choice I made. Grooming is real. I want you all to know that it’s not your fault if you were mentally massaged into thinking it’s okay. It is not. I know this now.
Rose McGowan further says how sexual relations with a minor is a crime, and no matter what, the “shame” is not for the victims, but the criminals. Currently, Alexander Payne is working with HBO on a miniseries “The Landscapers” starring Olivia Colman. Both HBO and Alexander Payne’s representatives have declined to comment on McGowan’s accusations.