Rose McGowan is set to go on trial in next January after a grand jury in Virginia indicted the actress and activist on a felony drug charge Monday. Last November, McGowan turned herself into authorities in Virginia after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Police said they found cocaine in McGowan’s wallet, which she had left on an airplane after attending the Women’s March in January 2017. She was released on $5,000 bail at the time.
McGowan has maintained the cocaine did not belong to her and has suggested it may have been planted by someone connected to disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an effort to silence her. Later in 2017, McGowan publicly accused Weinstein of rape. She was one of many women in the Hollywood industry who came forward last fall with claims of sexual misconduct against Weinstein. The ex-movie producer, it has been revealed, would deploy extreme measures such as spying and media manipulation, according to a report in The New Yorker by Ronan Farrow, to suppress women’s claims against him from becoming public. Since publicly accusing Weinstein last year, McGowan has remained an active voice in the #MeToo movement.
A lawyer for Weinstein, who has been charged with a series of sex crimes and has pleaded not guilty, refuted McGowan’s claim that the cocaine was planted as “ludicrous.” The trial date was set for January 15, 2019, in Loudon County, BuzzFeed News reported. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McGowan said life has been better since she came forward with the accusations against Weinstein.
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