Actress Rose McGowan faces a March 12 hearing in Loudoun County District Court on a felony charge of drug possession, records show.
The case was filed in November related to a January 2017 incident in which Dulles International Airport authorities reported they found two small bags of cocaine in a wallet with McGowan’s identification left on a plane.
Attorneys for McGowan have asked a judge to dismiss the charge, suggesting that the drugs were planted in the wallet. McGowan had flown from Los Angeles to Dulles to take part in a huge Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
The March 12 hearing is for a motion, while a preliminary hearing is slated for March 21.
McGowan, 44, has acted in television shows such as Charmed and movies like Encino Man and Conan the Barbarian. She was one of the first women to publicly accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her.
Attorneys say in court documents that the drugs could have been planted by someone working for Weinstein to exact revenge for McGowan speaking out. They did not offer any direct proof of that in the filing.
“It is now public knowledge that Weinstein employed underhanded tactics to ‘silence’ his victims,” wrote attorney Jessica Carmichael, according to the Associated Press.
On Oct. 30, McGowan’s Twitter account had this message, “Are they trying to silence me? There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia. What a load of horse(expletive).”