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Actress Rose McGowan pleads no contest to misdemeanor drug charge

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| Monday, January 14, 2019 1:41 p.m
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FILE - In this July 21, 2018 file photo, actress and activist Rose McGowan speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park in New York. A lawyer for McGowan says she will plead no contest to a reduced drug charge in Virginia and avoid jail time. Attorney Jim Hundley says the commonwealth agreed to reduce the felony cocaine possession charge to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and that prosecutors will recommend she pay a fine. McGowan will enter the plea Jan. 15, 2019 the day her trial was to begin. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

LEESBURG, Va. — Actress Rose McGowan has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drug charge in Virginia after cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind at Dulles International Airport two years ago.

Loudoun County court records show she received a $2,500 fine and a suspended jail sentence Monday. The sentence was first reported by WTOP-FM. She told the station she entered the plea because she “just wanted it to be over.”

Last year, McGowan’s lawyers suggested the drugs were planted in retaliation for accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

McGowan was initially charged with a felony, but the plea deal reduced the charge to a misdemeanor.

Her lawyers had argued that several hours passed between the time she deplaned and when her wallet was found by a cleaning crew.

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