Rose McGowan accuses Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct

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  • Rose McGowan has accused Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct.
  • The actor claims she was 15 years old when The Descendants director took her home after an audition.
  • According to her the famed director played her a soft-core porn movie. 

Rose McGowan has come forward and accused Oscar winner Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct.

The actor was one of the first women to come forward and accuse Harvey Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence, of sexual assault.

She alleged in a tweet on Monday: "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."

She followed up with a second tweet. "I just want an acknowledgement and an apology. I do not want to destroy," she wrote, sharing a picture of herself when she was 15.

Later, the Charmed star responded to a request for comment by Variety. "I feel very badly for my 15-year-old self," she told the publication.

Alexander Payne is an established figure in the film industry, having directed films such as Election, Sideways and The Descendants – he won two Academy Awards for best adapted screenplay for Sideways and The Descendants.

This isn’t the first time the 46-year-old has opened up about the incident that happened in the 80s.

She told Ronan Farrow in 2018 about a sexual encounter with a "very famous" man when she was 15, saying: "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."

She continued: "And then he had sex with me. And then he left me next to Tropical in Silver Lake, standing on a street corner."

Alexander Payne has not yet responded to the allegations.  

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