Rose McGowan will plead no contest in drug possession case, avoid jail time

Cocaine was found in a wallet McGowan left on an airplane last year, according to charging documents.
Image: Rose McGowan, film-maker and author of 'Brave', at the Hay Festival
Rose McGowan, film-maker and author of 'Brave', at the Hay Festival on June 2, 2018 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales.David Levenson / Getty Images file

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By Associated Press

LEESBURG, Va. — A lawyer for Rose McGowan says the actress and activist will plead no contest to a reduced drug charge in Virginia and avoid jail time.

Attorney Jim Hundley tells WTOP-FM that the commonwealth agreed to reduce the felony cocaine possession charge to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and that prosecutors will recommend she pay a fine.

Charging documents say cocaine was found in a wallet McGowan left on a plane last year. McGowan had maintained innocence, suggesting in court papers that the drugs were planted at the behest of producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein attorney Ben Brafman called that allegation a "ludicrous claim."

McGowan was among the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault.

McGowan will enter the plea Jan. 15, the day her trial was to begin.