Dulles, VA – Actress Rose McGowan claimed that the cocaine found in her wallet in January wasn’t hers, according to a recent memorandum requesting prosecutors to dismiss a felony drug possession charge.
McGowan explained to the New Yorker on Sunday that she had brought a “slim card wallet” with her when she traveled to Washington, D.C. on January 20.
She said she made the trip with the intention of attending the Women’s March scheduled to take place the following day.
McGowan said she noticed her wallet was missing while she was standing at the Washington Dulles International Airport baggage claim, but recalled having last seen the wallet while she was still on the plane.
“I had it in the side pocket of my backpack, and I left it on my seat as I went to the bathroom,” she said.
McGowan then sent a tweet to United Airlines and filed a lost-luggage claim.
According to a police report, McGowan’s wallet was found by a staff member cleaning the plane at approximately 2:30 am on Jan. 21, the New Yorker reported.
The staff member and his supervisor contacted the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department after finding “two small bags of white powder” inside the wallet, the New Yorker said.
An airport police detective contacted McGowan later that morning, and asked her to come collect her wallet. McGowan told the New Yorker that “the call had frightened her, because she was unsure if Hughes was a real officer.”
McGowan decided not to meet with the detective.
On February 1, the Loudoun County Magistrate’s Office issued a felony warrant for McGowan for possession of a controlled substance.
McGowan chose to not turn herself in to authorities.
“I was going to ASAP, but then things started to get really weird,” she told the New Yorker. “I knew I was being followed and that I wasn’t safe. I even hired a private investigator to investigate whether the warrant was real.”
McGowan claims that her “fear and suspicion” stemmed from her recent public disclosure that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her over twenty years ago.
She said the felony cocaine charge was part of a conspiracy to silence her, and that she was nervous she was being followed by private investigators hired by Weinstein when she traveled to the Women’s March.
In his memorandum seeking dismissal of McGowan’s charge, her attorney argued that the drugs could have been planted.
“Depending on when and where the wallet was lost, individuals other than Ms. McGowan had access to the wallet for somewhere between approximately 5 hours 40 minutes and more than 11 hours,” her attorney said.
McGowan admitted to the New Yorker that she has used drugs in the past.
“I own stock in a marijuana company, so that’s my jam,” she said.
She claimed she had “no interest” in cocaine at the time of the Women’s March, the New Yorker reported.
“I will clearly plead not guilty,” she said.
McGowan turned herself into authorities on Tuesday, and was released on $5,000 bond later in the day.
Her arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.
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