Rose McGowan Accuses ‘Sideways’ Director Alexander Payne of Sexual Misconduct


Kena Betancur
Kena Betancur

Rose McGowan, the actress whose public allegations helped result in the imprisonment of the once-celebrated super-producer Harvey Weinstein, has accused the director Alexander Payne of sexually inappropriate conduct in direction of her when she was 15.

In a sequence of tweets which McGowan despatched Monday morning, the actress alleged that Payne, the Oscar-winning director of flicks equivalent to Sideways and Nebraska, performed her a pornographic film, and implied he had, at a minimal, uncovered himself to her.

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McGowan, one of many heroes of the #metoo motion, adopted up a couple of hours later by apparently urging Payne to substantiate that her allegation was true and apologize for his alleged misconduct.

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McGowan’s surprising new declare seems to match up with a 90-minute speak she gave in February 2018 in dialog with journalist Ronan Farrow, which was reported by The Cut.

In that dialog, which was organized to advertise her autobiography Courageous, McGowan and Farrow alluded to a strong man in Hollywood who had sexually abused her. The main points seem to overlap along with her new public allegations in opposition to Payne.

“You advised me that, even lengthy earlier than the Harvey Weinstein incident, you recounted to me that there was a statutory rape by a distinguished man in Hollywood,” Farrow stated to the actress.

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“Sure, and I didn’t course of that till—properly, I’ll get to him,” McGowan responded. She didn’t title him on the time, however claimed “very well-known” director abused her when she was 15 years previous.

“He took me dwelling, after he met me, and confirmed me a soft-porn film he’d made for Showtime, underneath a distinct title, after all… After which he had intercourse with me,” she stated. “After which he left me subsequent to Tropical in Silver Lake, standing on a avenue nook.”

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McGowan stated that she had solely realized a lot later that the encounter would qualify as a statutory rape allegation, saying: “I’d been interested in him, so I all the time filed it away as a sexual expertise… Two weeks after your [New Yorker] story got here out, I’d processed it, however I eliminated myself from it.”

In 2017, Time acknowledged McGowan as one of many “Silence Breakers” who have been named her as Individual of the Yr for talking out about sexual assault and harassment.

In October 2017, the New York Instances revealed that McGowan received a $100,000 settlement from film mogul Harvey Weinstein in relation to an alleged sexual assault in 1997.

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Weinstein, 67, has since been discovered responsible of rape and sexual assault and has been sentenced to 23 years in jail, however additional instances in opposition to him might but prolong that time period.

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