Rose McGowan’s felony charges to be re­duced

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - ANI

Amer­i­can ac­tor-ac­tivist Rose McGowan’s drug pos­ses­sion charges will be re­duced to a mis­de­meanour.

The Planet Ter­ror (2007) star was charged with felony pos­ses­sion in Fe­bru­ary 2017 but she has agreed to plead no con­test in her up­com­ing court ap­pear­ance on Jan­uary 15 in Loudoun County, Peo­ple mag­a­zine re­ported.

Ear­lier in March 2018, the star asked a judge to dis­miss her case but he re­fused to do so.

Jim Hund­ley, McGowan’s lawyer said, “The Com­mon­wealth and Ms McGowan have reached a plea agree­ment in her case. The Com­mon­wealth has agreed to re­duce the cur­rent felony charge to a mis­de­meanour of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance.”

He fur­ther added, “Ms McGowan will en­ter a plea of no con­test to the re­duced charge when she ap­pears in court on Jan­uary 15, and the Com­mon­wealth will rec­om­mend a sen­tence that re­quires Ms McGowan to pay a fine.”

Ad­dress­ing the ac­tor, Hund­ley said, “(McGowan) ac­cepted this agree­ment in or­der to spare her fam­ily, her friends, and her sup­port­ers, the emo­tional strain of a crim­i­nal trial. The agree­ment brings this or­deal to an end and al­lows her to fo­cus all of her en­ergy on what mat­ters most to her — cre­at­ing a bet­ter world. Ms McGowan will com­ment on the day of the plea.”

The 45-year-old star was ar­rested for felony in 2017, while she was trav­el­ling from United flight. An air­port em­ployee al­legedly found two bags of white pow­der on her, which later turned out to be co­caine.

Ms McGowan will en­ter a plea of no con­test to the re­duced charge when she ap­pears in court on Jan­uary 15, and the Com­mon­wealth will rec­om­mend a sen­tence that re­quires Ms McGowan to pay a fine. JIM HUND­LEY, MCGOWAN’S LAWYER

PHOTO: ERIN KIRKLAND/ THE NEW YORK TIMES

Rose McGowan was charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance in Fe­bru­ary 2017

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