Rose McGowan indicted by Va. grand jury on felony cocaine possession
Actress Rose McGowan was indicted on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance Monday by a Virginia grand jury, court documents confirm.
WTOP reported that McGowan, who last appeared at a probable-cause hearing in May, was not present in the courtroom in Loudon County, located about an hour northwest of Washington, and will not be there Tuesday when her trial date is set.
Rose McGowan Indicted on Felony Count of Cocaine Possession https://t.co/BiCTvNCF16— People (@people) June 12, 2018
In November, the actress-turned-activist pled not guilty after cocaine was found in a wallet belonging to her that was left behind on her January 2017 flight to Washington for the Women's March.
However, her arrest warrant didn't come to light for another nine months — and not until after the publication of two bombshell reports detailing decades of sexual misconduct by disgraced movie Harvey Weinstein, whom McGowan has accused of raping her.
The timing led McGowan's lawyers to suggest the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by Weinstein to discredit her for making sexual assault accusations against him. Days before her Nov. 14 arraignment in Loudon County, Va., The New Yorker published a story by Ronan Farrow detailing how Weinstein employed former Israeli intelligence officers to keep tabs on his accusers and the journalists who might be talking to them.
BREAKING: @rosemcgowan has been indicted on one felony count of cocaine possession in Loudoun County. Her trial date will be set tomorrow in court, but her attorney Jim Hundley has waived her appearance, with no objection from Special Prosecutors Paul Ebert and Rebecca Thacher.— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP) June 11, 2018
Weinstein, who was charged last month with rape and a criminal sex act against two other women, has consistently denied he had non-consensual relations with any of his accusers. However, he settled a lawsuit with McGowan in 1997.
Jim Hundley, McGowan's lead attorney in the Virginia case, did not immediately respond to USA Today's request for comment.