Rose McGowan's motion to dismiss cocaine charge denied by judge
A Virginia judge refused to drop a felony cocaine possession charge against Rose McGowan Monday amid the actress’ claim she may have been set up by Harvey Weinstein.
The Loudoun County District Court judge ruled McGowan’s dismissal motion was premature and set a preliminary hearing for March 21.
McGowan, 44, was arrested in the case last November, ten months after a cleaning crew at Dulles International Airport allegedly found her lost wallet on a plane in January 2017.
The wallet contained two bags that tested positive for cocaine, authorities said.
Rose McGowan’s lawyers argued that the Harvey Weinstein could have had the cocaine planted to discredit her.
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McGowan’s lawyers have argued it’s possible Weinstein had the drugs planted to discredit her sexual assault claims against him.
The disgraced movie mogul previously paid a settlement to the “Jawbreaker” and “Charmed” actress in 1997 after he allegedly sexually assaulted her in a hotel at the Sundance Film Festival.
In October 2016, McGowan made a thinly veiled reference to Weinstein on social media when she claimed she had been raped by a studio head who later bought a movie she worked on with her ex-boyfriend.
She didn’t explicitly name Weinstein, but she and former flame Robert Rodriguez worked on “Planet Terror” together, half of the 2007 double feature “Grindhouse” distributed by The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Films
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Loudoun County prosecutors said Monday they have additional, unreleased evidence that supports their drug case against McGowan, but they declined to elaborate after the hearing.
The defense, meanwhile, is trying to subpoena information from Instagram about a user who texted McGowan about her wallet before the story went public.
“You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke,” the user reportedly wrote.
With News Wire Services