Rose McGowan: ‘I Will Clearly Plead Not Guilty’ To Cocaine Charge

By Victoria Kim 11/16/17

The "Scream" actress believes that cocaine was planted in her lost wallet en route to the Women’s March earlier this year.

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan has been charged with felony possession of cocaine, but the actress and activist maintains that she was framed; given her high-profile attacks against accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, she says the powerful film producer has been plotting against her ever since.

I will clearly plead not guilty,” McGowan told the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow after surrendering to Loudoun County authorities in Virginia on Tuesday (Nov 14) and being released on $5,000 bond.

The county had issued a warrant for her arrest on February 1, but it did not become public until September. She admits that she hesitated to address the warrant because “things started to get really weird.” She was worried that Weinstein was plotting against her for being among his most outspoken accusers. “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,” she said.

The drug charge stems from a January incident, as McGowan landed at Washington Dulles International Airport the night before the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. She had left her wallet on the plane, and filed a report with the airline. She was contacted about it by a detective at the time, but she “decided not to go to the airport to meet the detective and to leave the city on a bus with other marchers,” reads Farrow’s report in the New Yorker. McGowan feared she was being trailed by Weinstein’s private investigators, and that the detective was not a law enforcement officer.

A worker who was cleaning the plane allegedly found her wallet, along with “two small bags of white powder” tucked inside. Police say it was cocaine.

After the march, McGowan received a message on Instagram from a user she did not know that read: “You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke.” The account has since been deactivated.

McGowan and her lawyer say the drugs could have been planted, given that “individuals other than McGowan had access to the wallet” between 5 to 11 hours, according to her attorney Jim Hundley. They have filed a request with the county attorney to drop the charge against McGowan.

According to a Weinstein Company insider, this was exactly what Weinstein wanted. Farrow reports: “In September, before the existence of the warrant for McGowan was public, Weinstein held a meeting with his private investigators that was focused on the efforts to arrest McGowan, according to a source who was at the Weinstein Company at the time. Weinstein suggested leaking the information to the New York Post.” But McGowan beat him to it.

The actress admits that she has used drugs in the past, and even owns stock in a cannabis company, but says cocaine was the last thing on her mind leading up to the historic Women’s March. “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,” she told Farrow.

Despite this stumbling block, McGowan will plead not guilty and vows to continue going after people like Weinstein. “More will fall,” she said.

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