Rose McGowan, actress and activist, turned herself into officials in Virginia for possession of cocaine.
Here’s how it all began: the night of January 20, McGowan landed at the Dulles International Airport, in Virginia, to attend the Women’s March in Washinton, D.C., on the 21st of January.
According to police reports, airport personnel had called the Washington Airports Authority Police Department after a staff member had found McGowan’s wallet- which contained two small bags of white powder. These bags were tested and registered as cocaine.
Later that day, an airport police detective, Jerrod Hughes, called McGowan and asked her to come collect the wallet, not telling her what had been found in it.
McGowan told The New Yorker, in an interview, that the call had frightened her because she was unsure if Hughes was a real officer. (Hughes denied a request for comment.) The reason for this doubt was because several months earlier, the actress had tweeted about being raped by a “studio head” and had included information that seemed to point to movie producer Harvey Weinstein. McGowan recently confirmed that it was, in fact, Weinstein that she was referring to.
McGowan said that when she decided to attend the Women’s March, she was nervous that she was being followed by private investigators hired by Weinstein.
She decided not to go to the airport to meet the detective and to leave the city on a bus with other marchers. The following day, she said, she received an Instagram message from a user she did not know. “You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke,” it said. (The account was deactivated shortly after, though McGowan retained screenshots of the message.)
On February 1, 2017, the Magistrate’s Office in Loudoun County, Virginia issued a felony warrant for her arrest.
Shortly after the news of the warrant came out, the Charmed actress made claims that it was all a ruse so she could get silenced against speaking out against Harvey Weinstein and supporting victims of sexual misconduct.
The actress surrendered to the Sheriff’s Department in Loudon County, Virginia on Tuesday.
After her mugshot was taken, McGowan was released on a $5000 bond. “The police officers and magistrate were very polite and kind,” she told The New Yorker.
If convicted, she could face up to a year in prison.