Rose McGowan's legal troubles continue this week. In November, the actress/activist was charged with felony drug possession in Virginia. McGowan was fighting the charges and professing her innocence every step of the way. Despite her best efforts to dismiss the charges labeled against her, Rose McGowan found herself indicted on Monday by the Grand Jury for possession of a controlled substance. Here's what we know about Rose McGowan's situation.
The legal information was obtained by online legal reports from Loudoun County, Virginia, as reported by Yahoo! News. It follows an incident on November 14th when authorities confiscated cocaine located inside Rose McGowan's wallet. It was previously reported that the former Charmed actress was heading to Washington D.C. to attend the Women's March when her wallet was lost in the Dulles International Airport on a United airplane. It was eventually found by a cleaning crew member with the drugs located inside.
Rose McGowan was hoping to dismiss the case due to a "lack of jurisdiction." McGowan believes she was framed by an associate of Harvey Weinstein, who planted the drugs inside her wallet after she accused the disgraced film producer for sexual assault. She also believed it's possible, in the five-hour period when she was separated from her wallet, that the drugs were placed inside. McGowan was arrested and released on a bail of $5,000 at the time. The police launched an investigation on January 20th and a warrant was sent to Rose McGowan on February 1st. Despite her strong convictions, it seems the court didn't vote in Rose McGowan's favor this week.
Jose Baez, Rose McGowan's attorney, issued the following statement about his client and her legal fiasco. Here's what the attorney told People.
Rose steadfastly maintains her innocence. These charges would have never been brought if it weren't for her activism as a voice for women everywhere. I assure you. This selective prosecution will be met with a strong defense.
At the time of her arrest, Rose McGowan wasn't shy about voicing her disdain for being arrested and given felony charges. She called the whole matter "horseshit," and McGowan claimed people were potentially trying to silence her. It's currently unclear what Rose McGowan will be charged for the drug possession indictment, although there is a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the offense.
Beyond her recent legal hassles, Rose McGowan published her first memoir, Brave, on January 30th, and the actress is also the focal point of the reality TV series, Citizen Rose. She remains a prominent and active voice in the #MeToo movement. We'll continue to keep you posted on Rose McGowan's case here at CinemaBlend.