LEESBURG, Va. — Actress Rose McGowan could face indictment in Virginia on a felony drug-possession charge after a judge found probable cause Thursday to send the case to a grand jury.

McGowan unsuccessfully sought to have the charge dismissed at a preliminary hearing in Leesburg. The grand jury will hear the case on June 11. While it is possible the grand jury could choose not to indict, in all likelihood she will face an arraignment in circuit court on June 12.

She has suggested in court papers that the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. McGowan was among the first actresses to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault. Weinstein has denied rape allegations. McGowan and others say Weinstein aggressively sought to discredit his accusers.

Authorities say cocaine was found in a wallet McGowan accidentally left behind on a flight to Dulles International Airport in January 2017.

At Thursday’s hearing, McGowan’s lawyers presented no evidence that the drugs may have been planted. Instead, they simply argued that at least several hours elapsed between the time McGowan left the plane and the wallet was found by a cleaning crew in the first-class section of a United Airlines cabin.


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