Rose McGowan claims drug case is attempt to silence her
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[November 01, 2017]
By Gina Cherelus
(Reuters) - Actress Rose
McGowan, who has emerged as a prominent voice speaking
out against sexual assault in Hollywood, said a
months-old warrant for her arrest on drug possession
charges was an attempt to silence her.
McGowan is one of more than a dozen women who
have accused movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault
or sexual harassment.
The felony drug charge stems from an investigation of personal
belongings that tested positive for narcotics after being left
behind on a United flight arriving at Washington Dulles
International Airport in Virginia on Jan. 20, according to
"Are they trying to silence me?" McGowan said on Twitter on
Monday. "There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia. What
a load of horseshit."
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department
said in a statement on Monday that on Feb. 1 it had issued the
warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
"The Airports Authority police have attempted to contact Ms.
McGowan so she can appear in a Loudon County, Virginia, court to
respond to the charge," the statement said.
McGowan, who on Twitter has accused Weinstein of sex assault,
was linked publicly to him following reports by the New York
Times and the New Yorker.
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She was the keynote speaker Friday at a women's conference in
Detroit, where she urged attendees to speak out on sex assault.
McGowan, whose acting career included a featured role in the 1996
horror film "Scream," also has tweeted regularly about the subject
on Twitter with the hashtag #ROSEARMY.
The Times reported that Weinstein, 65, had reached eight previously
undisclosed settlements with women who accused him of sexual
harassment and unwanted physical contact.
The New Yorker reported that 13 women had claimed that Weinstein
sexually harassed or assaulted them.
Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone. Reuters
has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations.
(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Bill Trott)
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