LEESBURG, Va. — A judge in Virginia has declined a motion to dismiss a charge of cocaine possession against actress Rose McGowan.
McGowan's lawyers have suggested the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to discredit her for making sex assault accusations against him.
McGowan was charged after authorities said cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind on a flight to Dulles International Airport in January 2017, when she arrived in Washington to attend the Women's March.
McGowan's lawyer, Jessica Carmichael, argued that the drugs could have been planted before the wallet was found by a cleaning crew.
The New Yorker has reported Weinstein hired an "army of spies," including former officers of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, to dig up information on his accusers and journalists investigating him as a means to suppress the allegations.
At a hearing Monday in Leesburg, Va., on McGowan's motion to dismiss, Chief General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh said the issues could be addressed at a March 21 hearing when live testimony could be presented.
McGowan is one of the dozens of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, coercion, assault or rape in encounters dating back decades of his career as one of Hollywood's most powerful film producers.
Since last October when she first went public in the media with her allegations against Weinstein — she says he sexually assaulted her in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997 — McGowan has become one of Hollywood's loudest voices against Weinstein and for the Me Too movement to call out sexual predators.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.