Actress and activist Rose McGowan turned herself in to police on Nov. 14 regarding a drug possession warrant -- but she intends to fight the charges and believes she was framed months after she tweeted out allegations that she was raped by an unnamed studio head whom she has since identified as disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
The "Charmed" actress explained in an interview with The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow that her wallet disappeared during a flight to Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Jan. 20. McGowan was on her way to the Women's March in Washington, D.C., which took place a day later.
She said that she did not realize her wallet was missing until after she exited the airplane, especially since she said she had not taken it out throughout the flight.
"I had it in the side pocket of my backpack, and I left it on my seat as I went to the bathroom," the 44-year-old told Farrow.
McGowan filed a lost luggage report and then went on her way, but on the morning of Jan. 21, she reportedly received a phone call from a police detective who said he had her wallet and she should come pick it up.
She said he made no mention of drug charges, but she was scared that he might have been an imposter. She wondered if Weinstein sent private investigators to follow her and as such went straight home after the march on a bus with fellow protesters.
One day later, an unknown Instagram user messaged the "Planet Terror" star, saying: "You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke."
What she didn't know at the time, she said, was that an airport employee reportedly recovered the wallet with two small bags of cocaine inside while cleaning the plane.
Virginia police issued a warrant on Feb. 1 for McGowan's arrest, but she didn't respond to it for several months out of fear that something was wrong.
"I was going to [turn myself in] asap, but then things started to get really weird," she explained. "I knew I was being followed and that I wasn't safe. I even hired a private investigator to investigate whether the warrant was real."
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. The warrant had not yet been publicly disclosed at the time of the alleged conversation. When a reporter from the New York Post contacted McGowan to investigate the story, McGowan said, she decided to go public with the existence of the warrant herself before an expose could be written.
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. Her attorney has asked that the charges be dropped, since numerous people had access to the wallet for several hours.
McGowan said that isn't into cocaine but that marijuana is her "jam."
"Imagining I'm going into sisterly solidarity, I can think of nothing more opposed to that, energetically, that I would want in my body at that moment," she explained, referring to cocaine.
McGowan, who has retired from acting and is now a multimedia artist, alleged that Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 1997, notes The New York Times. Though she signed a court settlement at the time, she said she was unaware until 2017 that she was not subject to a non-disclosure agreement.