Rose McGowan, who claimed gays ‘fought for right to take MDMA’, battles cocaine possession charge

Nick Duffy February 28, 2018
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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Artist/Activist/Executive producer Rose McGowan of 'Citizen Rose' on E! speaks onstage during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 9, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Rose McGowan, who attacked the gay movement for “fighting for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly”, is seeking to have a cocaine possession charge dismissed.

The Charmed actor had become a vocal activist calling out sexual harassment in Hollywood, but her increasingly erratic comments have led to a rift between her and the Time’s Up movement, which she has suggested is part of a conspiracy to silence victims.

This week McGowan’s representatives filed for a drug possession charge against her in Virginia to be tossed out.

McGowan faces a trial next month, over an incident at Dulles International Airport in January 2017 when cocaine was found in a wallet that she had left behind on a plane.

US actress Rose McGowan gives opening remarks to the audience at the Women's March / Women's Convention in Detroit, Michigan, on October 27, 2017. A stream of actress including Rose McGowan, models and ex-employees have come out, many anonymously, to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse dating as far back as the 1990s. / AFP PHOTO / RENA LAVERTY (Photo credit should read RENA LAVERTY/AFP/Getty Images)

The actor previously attacked drug taking in the gay community, while claiming that gay men are “more misogynistic” than straight men.

Laying into gay men in 2014, she said: “I have an indictment of the gay community right now, I’m actually really upset with them.”

She explained: “What happens to you as a group when you are starting to get most of what you fought for? What do you do now?

“I see people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA].”

McGowan this week denied the cocaine was hers and in court filings alleges it was planted in her wallet as part of a conspiracy to discredit her.

According to WTOP, her lawyer wrote: “At all times Ms. McGowan has maintained her innocence. Unfortunately, Ms. McGowan’s situation is complicated by the Harvey Weinstein machine.

“There is simply no point in time at which the evidence places Ms McGowan and the cocaine together in the same place.

“It is now public knowledge that [Harvey] Weinstein employed underhanded tactics to ‘silence’ his victims.”

Actress Rose McGowan (Photo by Aaron Thornton/Getty Images)

The lawyer added: “There is no evidence Ms. McGowan possessed this cocaine at all, let alone possessed it in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Therefore, this case belongs in no court, and certainly not a court in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

McGowan abruptly cancelled a book tour last month – after a video was posted online of her shouting expletives in a dispute with a transgender activist at a panel event.

The transgender woman had attempted to get McGowan to speak about her previous negative comments about trans women. But when the confrontation grew hostile, McGowan told her to “f**k off” before taking exception to being referred to as “cisgender” – meaning non-transgender.

Rose McGowan shouted: “Don’t label me, sister. Don’t put your labels on me. Don’t you f**king do that. Do not put your labels on me. I don’t come from your planet. Leave me alone. I do not subscribe to your rules. I do not subscribe to your language.

“You will not put labels on me or anybody. Step the f*k back. What I do for the f**king world and you should be f**king grateful. Shut the f**k up. Get off my back. What have you done? I know what I’ve done, God damn it.

“Don’t label me, sister Don’t put your labels on me. Don’t you f***ing do that. Do not put your labels on me.

“I’m not crying; I’m f***ing mad with the lies. I’m mad that you put s*** on me because I have a f***ing vagina and I’m white or I’m black or I’m yellow or I’m purple. F**k off! All of us want to say it”

The actress later took to Twitter to claim that the whole incident was also part of a conspiracy to discredit her and that the person who confronted her was a “paid actor”.

She said: “I am cancelling upcoming public appearances because I have given enough. I have given beauty, in return I was VERBALLY ASSAULTED for two full minutes @BNBuzz by an actor paid to verbally assault a woman who has been terrorized by your system. And no ONE in that room did anything”.

McGowan then shared a message reportedly identifying the transgender woman who she had argued with.

Despite a video of the incident being shared widely online, McGowan also questioned how journalists had got a “transcript” of the clash.

The actress has long held controversial views about LGBT issues holding a defiant party in support of the Brunei-owned Beverly Hills Hotel several years ago, amid a Hollywood boycott over a ‘death to gays’ law in Brunei.

McGowan has also previously hit out at Caitlyn Jenner, claiming she has “male privilege” and “doesn’t understand” being female.

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