Alexander Payne Calls Rose McGowan Grooming and Rape Allegations ‘Simply Untrue,’ Rose McGowan Responds

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Alexander Payne and Rose McGowan

Two weeks ago actress Rose McGowan made a shocking claim, as she accused Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct — specifically, statutory rape and grooming.

McGowan tweeted:

“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.”

Well, in an op-ed for Deadline, Payne has responded to McGowan's allegations and is denying the accusation.

Here is his full statement:

Rose McGowan and I have always had very cordial interactions, and I have admired her commitment to activism and her voice in an important, historic movement. However, what she has said about me in recent social media posts is simply untrue.

Rose is mistaken in saying we met when she was fifteen, in the late 1980s. I was a full-time film student at UCLA from 1984 until 1990, and I know that our paths never crossed.

She claims that I showed her a “soft-core porn movie” I had directed for Showtime “under a different name.” This would have been impossible, since I had never directed anything professionally, lurid or otherwise. I have also never worked for Showtime or directed under any name other than my own.

Rose and I did meet years later, in 1991, during my first directing job, when she auditioned for a comic short I was making for a Playboy Channel series. Although she did not get the part, she left a note for me at the casting desk asking that I call her. I had no reason to question how old she was, since the role she read for required an actor who was of age. We later went out on a couple of dates and remained on friendly terms for years.

While I cannot allow false statements about events twenty-nine years ago to go uncorrected, I will continue to wish only the best for Rose.

Alexander Payne
September 4, 2020

At the time of publishing this article, McGowan has yet to respond, but you know that she will.

UPDATE: Rose McGowan has responded.

Rose McGowan slammed a guest column published by the director Alexander Payne in which he denied McGowan’s account of statutory rape, calling his response a “lie” and “propaganda.”

“I told Payne to acknowledge and apologize, he has not. I said I didn’t want to destroy, now I do. Why do these men always lie? I will now make it a mission to expose him. I am not the only one,” McGowan told Variety. “Fuck him and his lies is my comment.”

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