Rose McGowan's Cocaine Charge Will Not Be Dismissed By Judge

By Victoria Kim 03/14/18

McGowan's lawyers say private investigators hired by Harvey Weinstein may have planted the drugs.

Rose McGowan

A Virginia judge has refused to dismiss a cocaine possession charge against actress Rose McGowan.

On Monday (March 12), Judge Deborah Welsh of Loudoun County General District Court said it would be premature to dismiss the charge in light of alleged “additional evidence” that prosecutors will present at the preliminary trial on March 21.

McGowan’s lawyers had filed a request in late 2017 for the charge to be dropped, citing reports that Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood movie producer who fell from grace amid a barrage of sexual assault accusations, “employed underhanded tactics to ‘silence’ his victims,” attorney Jessica Carmichael argued in court documents. The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow reported in November that Weinstein hired private security agencies to retrieve information on women, namely his most outspoken accusers, Rose McGowan and Asia Argento.

Given this disturbing revelation, McGowan’s attorneys argued that the cocaine found in the actress’ wallet may have been planted by Harvey Weinstein’s agents.

January 2017, the night before the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., McGowan landed at Washington Dulles International Airport. She left her wallet on the plane and filed a report with the airline. Meanwhile, a worker who was cleaning the plane allegedly found her wallet, along with “two small bags of white powder” tucked inside, which police determined was cocaine.

Airport police detective Jerrod Hughes had contacted McGowan about the lost wallet, but she did not meet with him, fearing that she was being targeted by Weinstein agents.

Instead, she departed from D.C. on a bus with other marchers. “I knew I was being followed and that I wasn’t safe,” she told Farrow after the incident.

She’d later turn herself in to Loudoun County authorities on November 14 before being released on $5,000 bond. She was charged with felony possession of cocaine.

Since then, McGowan has maintained her innocence. She told Farrow in November, “I will clearly not plead guilty.”

Her lawyers contend that there’s a clear possibility that the drugs were planted to discredit McGowan. Her attorney Jim Hundley pointed out that “individuals other than McGowan had access to the wallet” between 5 to 11 hours.

Farrow reported after the incident: “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.”

The date for McGowan’s preliminary hearing has been set for March 21.

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