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Rose McGowan Says Arrest Warrant Is an Attempt to 'Silence' Her

The actress and outspoken Harvey Weinstein accuser called the warrant for felony drug possession "a load of horseshit."
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
October 31, 2017, 3:52pm
Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic

On Monday, word broke that Rose McGowan is facing a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance, an allegation the actress called "a load of horseshit," the Washington Post reports.

Back in January, McGowan allegedly left behind a set of "personal belongings" on a flight into Washington Dulles International Airport that "tested positive for narcotics," police told the Post. Police obtained a warrant for her arrest back on February 1, but she hasn't yet been served.


"A warrant was entered into the system," Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department spokesperson Rob Yingling told Radar. "Police have made efforts to reach out to Ms. McGowan through her representatives to make her aware of the warrant. She has not been served."

McGowan and her supporters responded to the news of the months-old warrant—which was issued in Virginia—as an attempt to "silence" the actress, one of Harvey Weinstein's most outspoken accusers. McGowan publicly accused the disgraced producer of raping her, and appeared by name in a New York Times report about decades of sexual harassment and assault allegations against the Hollywood mogul.

On Sunday, the Times reported that McGowan allegedly turned down $1 million in hush money from one of Weinstein's associates who wanted her to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Writer Ashlee Marie Preston argued McGowan's refusal to take the money and reports of the warrant are connected, a theory McGowan endorsed as "fact."

Earlier this month, McGowan was temporarily suspended from Twitter after she told Ben Affleck to "fuck off" and called Matt Damon a "spineless profiteer," implying the two had long known about Weinstein's alleged history of assault. Though Twitter later claimed her account was suspended because one of her tweets featured a private phone number, she labeled the incident a silencing attempt, saying there were "powerful forces at work" against her.

The allegations against Weinstein opened up a floodgate of accusations against other scions in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond. Meanwhile, the extent of Weinstein's alleged abuse is only growing: On Monday, the Times reported on a new slate of accusers who claimed he has been assaulting women since the 1970s.

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