Rose McGowan last night accused Oscar winner Alexander Payne of “grooming” and having sex with her when she was 15.
The now 46-year-old actress said, "For years I had thought that a man I had sexual relations with was a sexual experience I had. I now know that I was cared for."
Payne, co-writer and director of the critically acclaimed films "Citizen Ruth", "Election", "About Schmidt", "Sideways" and "The Descendants" has not yet commented on the allegations. 59-year-old Payne was 28 years old at the time of the alleged sexual encounters in the late 1980s.
McGowan – a pioneer of the #MeToo movement who became one of the first women to crack down on Harvey Weinstein – said the alleged ordeal led her to quit acting before returning to Hollywood after she "discovered" at the age of 21 " had been.
The previous Monday, she had referred to Payne as the "well-endowed" man who allegedly "sat me down and played a softcore porn movie" when she was 15 – an incident she first described in 2018 without identifying Payne.
"If you're out there trying to have sex with an underage minor, you are committing a crime even if the minor doesn't know," she said in a second "bomb of truth" post on Instagram last night.
“I was attracted to him so I thought it was me, but that's not right. I wasn't an adult. & # 39;
McGowan told Variety it was time to name Payne after telling Ronan Farrow in 2018 that she was the victim of a man who picked me up when I was 15.
Rose McGowan (pictured left) accused Hollywood director Alexander Payne (right) last night of "caring for" her when she was 15
McGowan made her allegations against Payne in a second Instagram post "Bomb of Truth" Monday night, after previously calling him on Twitter
McGowan had made her first allegation on Twitter Monday morning, asking the director for a "confirmation and apology".
Who is Alexander Payne? The Oscar winner behind About Schmidt and The Descendants
Alexander Payne was born in Omaha in 1961 to his parents Peggy and George.
Payne co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed films "Citizen Ruth", "Election", "About Schmidt", "Sideways" and "The Descendants". He also directed the movie & # 39; Nebraska & # 39; in 2013. and the recent science fiction satire & # 39; Downsizing & # 39 ;.
He was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Sideways" and "The Descendants".
& # 39; Sideways & # 39; was awarded the 2004 Golden Globe Award for best film musical or best comedy.
Payne graduated from Creighton Prep in Omaha and earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
A third-generation Greek-American Payne married second wife, Maria Kontos, in 2015. The couple have one child who was born in 2017.
He was previously married to Killing Eve star Sandra Oh for two years. The couple split in 2005.
In 2018 he received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
& # 39; Alexander Payne. You sat me down and played a softcore porn movie that you made for Showtime under a different name, ”she said.
“I remember your apartment in Silverlake. They are very well equipped. You left me on a street corner after that. I was 15. & # 39;
She also tweeted a picture of herself at the age of 15 and said, “I just want confirmation and an apology. I don't want to destroy. & # 39;
Last night, McGowan followed up with a lengthy Instagram post describing the alleged "grooming."
“For years I had thought that a man I had sexual relations with was a sexual experience I had. I know now that I was cared for, ”she said.
& # 39; I auditioned for him when I was 15. In my experience with him, I stopped acting altogether until I was 21 & # 39; discovered & # 39; was.
“When that happened, I thought damn it, let's do this. I even tweeted congratulations on his Oscar win in 2012 for being so deep in the cult of Hollywood.
"It wasn't until three weeks after the Weinstein story was published that I reassessed the situation."
She continued, “I have a bad feeling about dropping a bomb on someone's life and career, but I think that's social conditioning.
“I'm more sad than angry. Sad for me as a 15 year old. Sad for the adult who still thought it was a decision I made.
& # 39; Care is real. I want you all to know that if you've been mentally massaged to think it's okay, it's not your fault. It is not. I know that now.
"I would even go to this director at events and ask him with a smile," Do you remember when you had sex with me when you were 15? "And I'd laugh at it. It's deep social programming.
“When it happened, a family member recently left me in Hollywood to take care of myself. The wolves hunted.
“Please realize that if this has happened to you, the shame is not yours, it is hers. Give it back. Snow groomers are skilled operators, and when I was 15 I wasn't aware of the warning signs. & # 39;
She concluded, “The Goddess bless us all except those who abuse her power. To freedom, yours and mine. & # 39;
The 46-year-old actress took to Twitter Monday to allege that the 59-year-old Oscar winner was "very well endowed" and "left her on a street corner" after showing her the pornographic material
McGowan then posted a black and white headshot of himself as a teenager, adding, “I just want confirmation and an apology. I don't want to destroy. That was me when I was 15. & # 39;
Payne and his wife Maria Kontos will attend a screening in Los Angeles in 2017.
Payne was previously married to Killing Eve star Sandra Oh for two years. The couple split in 2005
Payne later became famous for films such as Sideways (2004), Election (1999) and About Schmidt (2002).
McGowan was an early face of the #MeToo movement in the fall of 2017 after accusing Harvey Weinstein of raping her.
In January 2018, she revealed some details of the Payne allegation – but without identifying the director's name.
Speaking to Ronan Farrow, she said she was the victim of a man who "picked me up when I was 15".
"He took him home after he met me and he showed me a soft porn movie that he made for Showtime under a different name," she said at the time.
"And then he had sex with me and then he left me standing on a street corner next to Cafe Tropicale in Silverlake."
McGowan hinted at the time that she would reveal the director's name when she was ready, having previously named Farrow.
# MeToo Movement: McGowan, 46, who was one of the leading activists in the global movement and who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s, has now announced that he believes she is "in a good place" ( shown together in) 2007)
Convicted: The disgraced film mogul, 68, was convicted in a landmark #MeToo case in March that saw six of his accusers sobbing and hugging from the front row of the courtroom (pictured in court on Feb. 24).
In May, McGowan said she was "now in a good place" as Weinstein was serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault.
The embarrassed movie mogul, 68, was convicted in March of a landmark #MeToo case that ended with six of his accusers sobbing and hugging from the front row of the courtroom.
Weinstein was convicted of raping an aspiring actress in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex in a television and film production assistant in 2006.
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