Alexander Payne has denied Rose McGowan’s allegations of sexual assault. According to the 59-year-old director, he did not abuse the 46-year-old actress at the age of 15, as she claims.
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“What she said about me in recent social media posts is simply not true,” the director of films like Sideways and The Descendants wrote in a guest column for Deadline on Friday. “Rose is wrong when she says she met me when she was 15 in the late 1980s. I was a full-time student at UCLA from 1984 to 1990 and I know our paths have never crossed.”
Payne also says that he has not shown her any soft porn film that he would have directed for Showtime channel under a different name. He says he never made such a film. “I’ve never worked for Showtime or directed anything under a name other than my own.”
According to the director, he met McGowan in 1991 during the first project he directed and for which she auditioned. “Although she didn’t get the part, she left a note asking me to call her. I had no reason to question her age because the role she auditioned for required an adult actor. We went on a few dates later and had a good relationship for years. ”
The director thought it necessary to tell his story. “Although I can’t pass up false stories about 29 years ago, I still wish Rose nothing but the best.”
Not the only one
The actress, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, angrily responds to Variety at Payne’s denial. “Fuck him and his lies is my response,” said McGowan. “I told Payne to acknowledge it and apologize and he didn’t. I said I didn’t want to destroy it, now I do. Why do these men always lie? I now make it my mission to expose him. I’m not the only one.”
McGowan shared her experience on Twitter last month. “You showed me a soft porn movie that you directed for Showtime under a different name.” The actress remembered his apartment and the evening very well. “You are very tall. You left me on the corner of a street afterwards. I was 15. ”
In 2018, McGowan spoke of the same experience with journalist Ronan Farrow, but did not mention Payne by name. The actress then said that the “very famous man” had sex with her after the movie and then left her on a street corner. McGowan said at the time that she would reveal the name of the man in question if she was ready.