Rose McGowan Appears in Virginia Courtroom for Drug Possession Case

Actress and activist Rose McGowan made an appearance in a Loudoun County, Virginia, courtroom Wednesday, but her preliminary trial for felony drug possession was pushed back several weeks.

Two witnesses set to testify for the prosecution were unable to get to court due to many inches of snow in the D.C. area. The judge rescheduled the preliminary hearing for May 3 at 1 p.m.

McGowan clutched her Aunt’s hand as she entered the courtroom and politely acknowledged reporters, but did not comment on how she felt about the hearing. She was accompanied by three attorneys, including Jessica Carmichael, and several others. 

Once in court, special prosecutor Rebecca Thacher asked for a continuance. Carmichael told Loudoun General District Court Judge Dean S. Worcester it is unfortunate the case must be prolonged, but the attorney agreed to postpone the hearing. 

On the way out of the courtroom, the Harvey Weinstein accuser told News4 she didn’t mind returning to Virginia for another hearing. 

“The state of Virginia is beautiful,” McGowan said. “I’m always happy to visit it."

McGowan also remarked to News4 about the snow, saying, "we don’t get that in California."


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McGowan was charged with felony drug possession after authorities said cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind on a flight to Dulles International Airport in January 2017.

McGowan's lawyers had been expected to argue for dismissal of the charge. They've suggested the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to discredit her for making sex assault accusations against him. Weinstein has denied the rape allegations.

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