Actress and activist Rose McGowan is set to go to trial in January in Loudoun County on a cocaine possession charge.
McGowan, who was indicted Monday, is accused of leaving a wallet with cocaine inside on a plane at Dulles International Airport last year. On Tuesday, her trial in Loudoun County Circuit Court was set for Jan. 15. It is expected to last two days.
“Rose steadfastly maintains her innocence,” her attorney Jose Baez said in a statement. “These charges would have never been brought if it weren’t for her activism as a voice for women everywhere. I assure you, this selective prosecution will be met with a strong defense.”
McGowan recently hired Baez, a high-profile Florida lawyer who represented Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez in their murder trials.
At a hearing last month, prosecutors made the case that McGowan’s wallet was properly handled from the moment it was found on a United Airlines plane early Jan. 21, 2017. McGowan had flown in for the Women’s March on Washington that day.
Cleaning-crew members testified that they handed the wallet to authorities as soon as they discovered white powder inside. A detective testified that when he called McGowan about the wallet and said she would have to pick it up at the airport police department, she said she would come but never did.
Defense attorney Jessica Carmichael argued, however, that there was not enough evidence to prove McGowan’s guilt, pointing to inconsistencies among witnesses as well as the hours that passed between the flight’s landing and the wallet’s discovery.
In Virginia, possession of any amount of cocaine is a felony carrying a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.