Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Rose McGowan surrenders to authorities in Virginia on drug charges

Rose McGowan surrenders to authorities in Virginia on drug charges

ROSE McGOWAN, one of the high-profile accusers of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, has handed herself in to police over an alleged drug offence.

She was released on a $5,000 bond after being arrested and booked on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. A warrant for her arrest was obtained after belongings left behind on a flight arriving at nearby Washington Dulles worldwide airport tested positive for illegal drugs, police said.

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

She said that the officers "were very polite and kind" when she finally did surrender to them and added that she will plead not guilty.

"She turned herself in early afternoon at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center", Troxell said.

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. Some reports said cocaine was to blame. The movie mogul denies "any allegations of non-consensual sex".

McGowan's attorney, James W. Hundley, appeared before Judge Dean S. Worcester at Loudoun County Courthouse Thursday.

According to The New Yorker, an anonymous source associated with the Weinstein Company said that Weinstein privately discussed leaking the story of McGowan's arrest warrant in September. She has since confirmed that the studio head who raped her was Harvey Weinstein.

'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 on Wednesday.

In 1997, McGowan accepted a $100,000 cash settlement from Weinstein after accusing him of raping her at the Sundance Film Festival that year.

In October, after learning of the charge, McGowan put up messages on Twitter: "Are they trying to silence me?"

Seven women have told detectives in the United Kingdom that they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein on dates ranging from the 1980s to 2015.

Law enforcement officials in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris are investigating whether the mountainous claims against Weinstein to determine whether or not he should face charges.

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