Rose McGowan Speaks Out About Her Arrest on Drug Charges

Rose McGowan Speaks Out About Her Arrest on Drug Charges

Actress and activist Rose McGowan turned herself in to police on November 14 regarding a drug possession warrant - but she intends to fight the charges and believes she was framed months after she tweeted out allegations that she was raped by an unnamed studio head whom she has since identified as disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan was released this afternoon, on a five-thousand-dollar personal-recognizance bond, and will be arraigned on Thursday morning, at which point she will likely be assigned a court date.

The police has claimed that the items allegedly tested positive for narcotics.

At her first public comments since accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, McGowan said she has been "silenced for 20 years" but won't remain quiet about sexual assault and harassment.

On February 1, 2017, the Magistrate's Office in Loudoun County, Virginia, issued a felony warrant for McGowan.

McGowan and her lawyer, Jim Hundley, told The New Yorker that cocaine found in McGowan's wallet could have been planted. "I knew I said being followed and that I wasn't safe", she said.

McGowan told Farrow she has used drugs in the past, but said marijuana was her "jam".

The 44-year-old handed herself into police in nearby Loudoun County, Virginia, on Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued. Some reports said cocaine was to blame.

Weinstein, 65, has "unequivocally denied" allegations of non-consensual sex.

She said she hired a private investigator to investigate whether the warrant was real.

Why the warrant came to light nine months after it was issued is unclear, though Heather Williamson, a spokesperson for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, says that extradition is not generally authorized for travelers who do not live in the area, as the California-based McGowan, charged with that level of felony.

Last month, McGowan tweeted: "Are they trying to silence me?"

McGowan's rape claim gained new context in October when it was revealed she accepted a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in 1997 to settle accusations of sexual assault.

Rose McGowan said her "fear and doubt" over being followed by Weinstein's spies kept her from coming forward sooner.

He faces police investigations in Los Angeles, New York and London and has been sacked from The Weinstein Company, the studio he co-founded with his brother.