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Rose McGowan court date postponed

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Actress and activist Rose McGowan's cocaine possession trial has been postponed.

McGowan, who is charged with felony drug possession, was due to appear before Loudoun General District Court Tuesday. Her preliminary hearing will now be heard March 21, according to online court records.

On Jan. 17, Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman (R) recused himself from MGowan's impending trial 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 (D) confirmed to the Times-Mirror he will handle the case.

Hundley told WTOP the preliminary hearing was changed because a prosecutor assigned to the case had a scheduling conflict.

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. 

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

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