Rose McGowan ‘Steadfastly Maintains Her Innocence’ Following Cocaine Possession Indictment
Rose McGowan’s attorney said the actress “steadfastly maintains her innocence” after a grand jury in Virginia indicted her of cocaine possession Monday.
“Rose [McGowan] steadfastly maintains her innocence. These charges would have never been brought if it weren’t for her activism as a voice for women everywhere,” the 44-year-old actress’ attorney Jose Baez told people Magazine Tuesday.
“I assure you,” he added.”This selective prosecution will be met with a strong defense.”
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The indictment comes after the “Charmed” star turned herself in on an outstanding warrant to Loudoun county authorities in November for felony possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested, booked and then released on $5,000 bail.
The arrest stems from an investigation by police that alleged the actress left her wallet on a United flight after it arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport. A cleaning crew reportedly found two bags of cocaine in the wallet, along with the actresses’ medical marijuana card.
At the time, McGowan took to social media and claimed the warrant was because she had come out against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein following shocking exposés last October in The New York Times and The New Yorker that detailed numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
“Are they trying to silence me? There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia. What a load of HORSES—,” the actress tweeted.
Are they trying to silence me? There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia. What a load of HORSESHIT.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017
The trial is scheduled to take place Jan. 15–16, 2019, according to USA Today.
The maximum amount of time she could spend behind bars for the alleged drug possession is 10 years.