Rose McGowan's indictment for felony count of cocaine possession could land her up to 10 years behind bars
McGowan was previously arrested back in November 2017 for felony possession of controlled substance and was released post turning herself to authorities.
Rose McGowan had recently made the headlines when she had come out with her recount of harrowing experiences with defamed movie-mogul, Harvey Weinstein, and now again she is on the news for indictment on one felony count of cocaine possession in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Us Weekly confirmed the news, reporting that McGowan’s trial has a date set for Tuesday, June 12 - exactly a day after her indictment. Even though her attorney had waived her appearance, if convicted, the original 'Charmed' actress could face up to 10 years in prison.
“Rose steadfastly maintains her innocence," McGowan’s lawyer, Jose Baez, said in a statement issued to the outlet. "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.”
Back in November 2017, McGowan had also been arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. She had been released on a $5000 bond after she had turned herself to authorities in Loudoun County.
Incidentally enough, back when the Weinstein scandal had blown up in October 2017, McGowan had referenced the 66-year-old producer while speaking out about her arrest warrant.
“Are they trying to silence me? This is a warrant out of my arrest in Virginia,” she tweeted at the time. “What a load of HORSES—T.”
Yet again in January this year, McGowan said that her November arrest will be played out on her E! series, 'Citizen Rose'. "Yes, you see my friends, you see me have to be arrested,” she responded to reporters' questions at a TCA panel at the time. “You see a lot. You see fun. It’s every scope of human emotion. Why? Because I’m human.”
When Weinstein finally turned himself into the New York City police after charges of alleges sexual misconduct were pressed against him, McGowan spoke out about that too.
“I feel shocked,” she shared on Good Morning America in May — exactly a month before this indictment. “I have to admit, I didn’t think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him. I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on.”
In other recent updates, McGowan has also spoken out about the apparent suicide of chef and author Anthony Bourdain, saying, “I write these truths because I have been asked to. I know so many around the world thought of Anthony Bourdain as a friend and when a friend dies, it hurts. Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice.”