In Leesburg, Virginia, a grand jury has indicted actress and activist Rose McGowan,44, on one felony count of cocaine possession. The jury handed the indictment down Monday.
According to CBS News, the charging documents stated that cocaine was found in a wallet that McGowan left behind on a plane last year. The actress claims that it wasn’t hers.
According to court papers, she believes the drugs were planted there at the behest of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, but this claim has not been verified in court.
McGowan was on her way to the Women’s March on January 20 when she discovered that her wallet was missing after she arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Allegedly, the cocaine was found in a wallet by airline staff, according to Fox News.
McGowan was one of the first women to come forward to assert that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her. Her actions helped inspire the #MeToo movement, which spread across multiple industries.
McGowan believes that Weinstein is using this incident to discredit his accusers. Weinstein, however, has denied all accusations.
McGowan’s lawyer, Jose Baez, told Fox News that her client his innocent: “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.”
In February, McGowan’s lawyers made claim that she was the victim of “the Harvey Weinstein machine.” The actress had previously claimed that he had raped her in 1997.
One of McGowan’s lawyers, Jessica Carmichael, said that five hours passed between the time McGowan got off the plane and when her wallet was found by a cleaning crew.
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