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Loudoun commonwealth’s attorney recuses himself from Rose McGowan drug case

Rose McGowan. Courtesy photo
Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman (R) has recused himself from actress and activist Rose McGowan's impending trial for felony possession of a controlled substance, citing conflict of interest.

The conflict came about because McGowan's attorney, James Hundley, is representing Plowman in a federal civil rights case involving social media censorship.

Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert confirmed to the Times-Mirror he will now take over the case.

McGowan, one of the leading and most vocal accusers claiming sexual assault by film mogul Harvey Weinstein, was booked on a felony possession of a controlled substance charge last Nov. 14. The charge “stems from a police investigation of personal belongings that tested positive for narcotics and were left behind on a flight (United 653) arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport on Jan. 20,” according to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

A preliminary hearing was set for McGowan for Jan. 23, 2018, at 1 p.m., but a new date will now be set, according to Ebert.

McGowan, through her attorney, has pleaded not guilty in the incident, and she has indicated cocaine may have been planted in her belongings.

McGowan is best known for her appearance in the TV series “Charmed” and her role in the first "Scream" film.


Paul Ebert has been around forever! I’m 50 and I remember him from my early teen years. Good for you, Paul!

Maybe a fair trial or something like that would be in order, before we conclude that she is guilty.

After you leave a thing behind, anyone could tamper with it, couldn’t they?

Hopefully she does time in jail.

We need to bring back the question upon check in, “did anyone else pack your bag?”

How funny, the cocaine may have been planted in her belongings… The same belongings she left….Yeah, Right.

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