Rose McGowan will avoid jail time.
McGowan, a key detractor and accuser of Harvey Weinstein, has pled no contest to a 2017 felony drug charge.
“The Commonwealth has agreed to reduce the current felony charge to a misdemeanour of possession of a controlled substance,” McGowan’s attorney Jim Hundley said per wtop. “Ms. McGowan will enter a plea of no contest to the reduced charge when she appears in court on Jan. 15, and the Commonwealth will recommend a sentence that requires Ms. McGowan to pay a fine.”
Court documents alleged a plane-cleaning crew found McGowan’s wallet under her seat on Jan. 20, 2017. What complicated things for the actress was cocaine allegedly found in the wallet.
She was arrested in November 2017 and subsequently released on bond after reporting to authorities in Virginia in relation to the arrest warrant issued that February for felony possession of a controlled substance.
According to the Blast, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office states that the former “Charmed” star turned herself in, at which point she was placed under arrest. A mugshot (below) was taken.
“Ms. McGowan appeared in Loudoun County, Virginia, on November 14, 2017, to accept service of the Airports Authority Police arrest warrant,” officials stated. “She was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.”
On October 30, 2017, McGowan, who by then had accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her, took to Twitter:
According to the Associated Press, the warrant was issued on February 1 after airport police found traces of narcotics on personal belongings the 44-year-old had left on a United Airlines flight at Washington Dulles International Airport on Jan. 20.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department spokesman Rob Yingling told Deadline, “Our police have attempted to contact Ms. McGowan so that she can appear in a Loudoun County Virginia court to respond to the charge.”
McGowan was among the catalysts for the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, raising awareness for women victimized by powerful men in Hollywood. She alleged she was raped by producer Harvey Weinstein.
“I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I’ve been harassed. I’ve been maligned,” McGowan said at the Women’s Convention in Detroit in November 2017. “You know what? I’m just like you because what happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in this society and that cannot stand and it will not stand.”