McGowan will be arraigned on Thursday over drug possession charges, which she believes are linked to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Rose McGowan has revealed her intention to plead not guilty when she’s arraigned in court tomorrow on felony drug charges.
The 44 year old former ‘Charmed’ star is charged with possession of a controlled substance, stemming from what prosecutors claim was cocaine allegedly found among McGowan’s belongings that she left behind on a flight to Washington Dulles Airport in Virginia back on January 20th this year.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says McGowan surrendered to Airports Authority Police on Tuesday, in response to a warrant that was issued way back on February 1st.
Rose McGowan has signalled her intention to plead not guilty to the felony drug charge against her
McGowan told The New Yorker the same day that she had intended to respond to the warrant earlier, but feared that it might have been part of an ongoing effort by the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to discredit her. She is one of several actresses who have alleged, since early October, that Weinstein forced them into sex against their will or sexually harassed them.
“I was going to A.S.A.P,” McGowan said, “but then things started to get really weird. I knew I was being followed and that I wasn’t safe. I even hired a private investigator to investigate whether the warrant was real.”
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On the day in question, McGowan was flying to Washington take part in the Women’s March, following Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, when a staff member recovered her wallet, which allegedly contained two small bags of white powder identified as cocaine.
McGowan had lost her wallet on the flight, and she and her attorney Jim Hundley have argued that the drugs could easily have been planted.
She told The New Yorker that drugs were the last thing on her mind at the time. “Imagining I’m going into sisterly solidarity, I can think of nothing more opposed to that, energetically, that I would want in my body at that moment.”
Since The New York Times broke the sexual harassment scandal back on October 5th, starting with Weinstein, dozens of women and men have come forward to accuse powerful men in the media and politics of similar behaviour have been accused of similar acts. McGowan has confirmed that she had been referring to Weinstein as the person who raped her in the Nineties – though she reached a $100,000 settlement with him in 1997.
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