McGowan Drug Case Expected to End with Plea

Loudoun County’s highest profile drug possession case will not be going to trial next week.

The attorney representing actress Rose McGowan on Tuesday notified the Circuit Court that a jury will not be needed as planned for a two-day trial beginning Jan. 15. Instead, the judge will be asked to support a plea agreement that reduces the charge against her from a felony to a misdemeanor.

That would bring an end to a year-long ordeal that began when McGowan left her wallet on a United Airlines plane after disembarking at Dulles Airport en route to the Women’s March in Washington, DC, last February.

Her wallet was found and turned into authorities, who also found a half gram of cocaine inside.

According to recent court filings, when McGowan was notified that she could claim her wallet at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Police station, she requested only that her identification cards be returned, left for pick up at an airport claims station. She never appeared to retrieve her wallet.

After authorities filed felony drug possession charges against her, McGowan’s attorney suggested the drugs could have been planted. She was the first woman to publicly claim she was sexually assaulted by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, effectively kicking off the Me Too movement that resulted in Weinstein’s banishment and calls to end sexual harassment and abuse.

The original charge was a Class 5 felony, with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

On Tuesday, McGowan is expected to enter a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor possession charge and to not face any jail time.

The case is being prosecuted by the Prince Williams Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

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