AceShowbiz - Rose McGowan has turned to the same human rights attorney who is representing embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to fight her drug possession charge. The actress was slapped with a felony last year after authorities reportedly found two packets of cocaine in a wallet she left behind on a flight to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia in January, 2017.
She maintains the illegal substances were not hers, and her lawyers have been calling for the case to be dismissed, citing a lack of evidence. They claim the drugs may have been planted as five hours had passed between McGowan leaving the wallet and it being found by a cleaning crew.
The star previously suggested agents hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein may be behind the incident, aimed at discrediting her for making sex assault accusations against him.
Weinstein has denied the allegations.
Leesburg, Virginia's Chief General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh refused to throw out the case in March, choosing instead to have the matter addressed with live testimony.
The initial 21 March hearing was delayed until Thursday, May 03, due to a snowstorm, and as she prepared for the new court date, Rose took to Twitter to reveal she had hired leading human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson to argue her case.
"On my way to court in the Commonwealth's court in Virginia with my legal eagles, human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson and criminal defense attorney Jessica Robinson," she captioned a video post of the group.
McGowan faces up to a year behind bars if convicted of the felony drug charge.
According to the actress' representative, London-based Jennifer will work alongside McGowan's U.S. lawyers to "seek justice and accountability for the abuse and harassment she has suffered from Harvey Weinstein and to help her develop an international advocacy effort to support women".
Jennifer has been a key member of Assange's team since 2010, helping to fight various legal actions.
Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.