According to reports, an arrest warrant has been issued in Virginia for actress Rose McGowan for the felony possession of a controlled substance.
Per the Associated Press, the warrant was obtained by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department on February 1. Police supposedly found traces of drugs in McGowan’s personal belongings following a flight to the Washington Dulles International Airport back on January 20.
According to Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department, officials have attempted to get into contact with McGowan, but to no avail.
“Her personal belongings that were left behind from a flight arriving on January 20 tested positive for narcotics,” Yingling said. “Our police have attempted to contact Ms. McGowan so that she can appear in a Loudoun County Virginia court to respond to the charge.”
Yingling confirmed that, in the interim, airport police “have been issued a bench warrant and entered it into a national law enforcement database.”
An Attempt To Silence McGowan?
It’s unclear when the actress first became aware of the arrest warrant, but it first became national news after a Monday afternoon tweet by McGowan.
The 44-year-old actress, who has made headlines recently for her accusations of sexual assault against Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, believes the warrant is part of a large-scale scheme to silence the outspoken actress.
“Are they trying to silence me?” McGowan tweeted Monday afternoon about the warrant for her arrest. “What a load of HORSESHIT.”
McGowan is one of over 50 women to recently speak out about Weinstein’s disturbing history of sexual abuse. During the Women’s Convention in Detroit on Friday, McGowan went into detail about her life since she was allegedly assaulted by the studio executive.
“I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned and you know what? I’m just like you,” she said. “What happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in society and it cannot stand and it will not stand.”
While McGowan certainly believes her current legal status is the result of a scare tactic, she isn’t the only one. Several people came to the actress’ defense on social media, echoing a similar sentiment.
If McGowan “would have taken that million dollars in hush money I’m quite sure this wouldn’t even be a headline,” writer Ashlee Marie Preston declared in a tweet, which was later retweeted by the actress.
“It’s not a coincidence that Rose McGowan [had this happen] after speaking out against Hollywood predators,” tweeted journalist Laura Loomer.
Final Hit: Rose McGowan Wanted on Drug Possession Charges
Whether or not McGowan’s warrant is a product of her outspokenness is up for debate, but there’s no denying the timing is quite odd. Additionally, it’s the second time over the past month that a drug charge was brought to light following a prominent member of Hollywood speaking out about prior sexual abuse.
Last week, former child star Corey Feldman, who has also recently claimed to have been sexually abused by prominent members of Hollywood, was arrested for pot possession. He too, believed his legal troubles were more than just coincidental timing.
“I do find the timing of all this ironic!” Feldman tweeted.
Canadian actor and director Cory Bowles also made note of the eery similarities and took to Twitter to express his skepticism.
“Corey Feldman and Rose McGowan get arrested & a warrant respectively… Totally normal…,” tweeted Bowles.