connectVideoRose McGowan: Harvey Weinstein framed me with cocaine charge
Actress and activist Rose McGowan will plead “no contest” to a reduced drug costs in Loudoun County, Va., after her arrest for felony cocaine possession in 2017, reports said on Tuesday.
As part of her plea agreement, McGowan will avoid imprisonment and to pay a fine, USA Today reported.
“The commonwealth has agreed to reduce the current misdemeanor charge for a crime of possession of a controlled substance. Mrs McGowan will be in a plea of no contest to the reduced charge when she appears in court on January 15,” McGowan attorney Jim Hundley said, according to Washington, D. C. WTOP-FM.
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Without the plea agreement, McGowan might have had up to 10 years behind bars if convicted, according to USA Today.
“Ms. McGowan has accepted this agreement in order to save her family, her friends and supporters, the emotional strain of a criminal trial,” Hundley said, according to the paper. “This agreement brings this trial to an end and allows her to focus all her energy on what is most important to her – creating a better world.”
Since her arrest, McGowan and her lawyers have claimed that the embattled media executive Harvey Weinstein framed her, the radio station reported. She was one of the first women to accuse He of sexual abuse.