Rose McGowan’s seemingly outlandish claim that Harvey Weinstein arranged to have cocaine planted in a wallet she left on a commercial flight, was dismissed by a judge, but only on a technicality, leaving the door open for her lawyers to raise it again, later.
McGowan lawyer Jessica Carmichael argued in court papers that McGowan’s cocaine bust last November has Weinstein’s fingerprints all over it.
Carmichael noted that five hours passed between the time McGowan got off a United Airlines flight at Dulles International Airport, and a cleaning crew found the cocaine in a wallet she left behind.
“There is simply no point in time at which the evidence places Ms. McGowan and the cocaine together in the same place,” she asserted in court papers.
But prosecutor Rebecca Thatcher, said at a preliminary hearing today (Mar. 12) that the state had other as yet undisclosed evidence.
That was enough for Judge Deborah Welsh to deny McGowan’s motion to dismiss the charges, at least for the moment. She ruled that a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 21 would be a better forum because live testimony can be presented.
Weinstein figures into the case because McGowan had charged him with sex assault. Weinstein had a reputation for hiring private detectives to sully his critics.
But his career collapsed last November after The New York Times detailed a number of cases in which he sexually harassed or assaulted women over the course of his career.
In another bizarre twist to the case, McGowan’s lawyers are trying to track down someone who sent a cryptic message to the actress over Instagram. “You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke,” it said.
She received the message before the case was made public.
Defense attorneys have suggested the message may have been part of a harassment campaign by Weinstein, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It is now public knowledge that Weinstein employed underhanded tactics to ‘silence’ his victims,” Carmichael said in court papers.
McGowan says Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997 after he lured her to his hotel room. She has been outspoken about him ever since the Times article.
McGowan was served with a felony warrant for her arrest last November. The incident took place in Jan. 2017, while Weinstein was still reigning large in Hollywood.