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Rose McGowan to Plead No Contest to Reduced Drug Charge

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    Rose McGowan to Plead No Contest to Reduced Drug Charge
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    McGowan will enter the plea Jan. 15, the day her trial was to begin.

    A lawyer for Rose McGowan says the actress and activist will plead no contest to a reduced drug charge in Virginia and avoid jail time.

    Attorney Jim Hundley tells WTOP-FM that the commonwealth agreed to reduce the felony cocaine possession charge to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and that prosecutors will recommend she pay a fine.

    Charging documents say cocaine was found in a wallet McGowan left on a plane last year. McGowan had maintained innocence, suggesting in court papers that the drugs were planted at the behest of producer Harvey Weinstein.

    Weinstein attorney Ben Brafman called that allegation a "ludicrous claim."

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    McGowan will enter the plea Jan. 15, the day her trial was to begin.