This past January, Rose McGowan misplaced her wallet during a flight to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Airport police report after finding two baggies of cocaine in McGowan’s wallet; today, the actress turned herself in for drug charges.
However, after her release on bail, McGowan and her lawyer, Jim Hundley, told The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow they believe the drugs could have been planted. The article makes a connection between McGowan’s airport experience and tweets she made months before the incidence about being raped by a then-unnamed “studio head.” McGowan has since confirmed that the studio head who raped her was Harvey Weinstein.
McGowan says she had a slim wallet on this particular trip, and kept it in the side pocket of her backpack. She claims she did not take her wallet out, but left the backpack on her seat when she went to the bathroom. She didn’t notice it was missing until she landed in D.C. and was trying to get a Lyft.
When she realized it was gone, McGowan filed a claim, and even tweeted about it. Later, an airport detective called her to come get her wallet, but did not mention cocaine. She says she felt wary of the officer, and further believed she may have been followed by Weinstein’s private detectives.
A day after the call, she received an Instagram message that said “You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke.” McGowan took screenshots of the message, but the account that sent it is now deactivated. After getting the message, she decided to not collect her wallet, and instead left town on a bus.
McGowan plans to plead not guilty to the charges. And Hundley argued that charges against McGowan should be dismissed, since the wallet was out of McGowan’s possession for so long that it’s impossible to determine a chain of possession: “Depending on when and where the wallet was lost, individuals other than Ms. McGowan had access to the wallet for somewhere between approximately 5 hours 40 minutes and more than 11 hours.”