The actress Rose McGowan turned herself in to the authorities in suburban Washington on Tuesday to face a charge of felony drug possession, the authorities said.
McGowan, who has made headlines recently after becoming one of the first actresses to accuse fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell told AFP.
McGowan said she had left her bag containing her wallet unattended during the January flight and filed a lost-luggage claim after noticing it was missing while waiting at baggage claim, and also tweeted to United Airlines.
The warrant was issued in February but did not become public until last month, after Ms. McGowan had started to speak about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and a 1997 hotel room encounter she said she had had with Harvey Weinstein.
She said: "I had it in the side pocket of my backpack, and I left it on my seat as I went to the bathroom". Upon her release on bail, she and her lawyer spoke with The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow about how they believe the drugs could have been planted.
She said that the officers "were very polite and kind" when she finally did surrender to them and added that she will plead not guilty. She and her attorney have suggested the drugs could've been planted.
What she didn't know at the time, she said, was that an airport employee reportedly recovered the wallet with two small bags of cocaine inside while cleaning the plane. She says she hired a private investigator to investigate whether the warrant was real. Hundley said a motion for McGowan to appear had been waived with agreement from Jim Plowman (R), Loudoun County commonwealth's attorney.
The 44-year-old's hearing is set for Thursday. An airport police detective called her to come get her wallet, but did not mention cocaine.
She alleged she had been raped by Weinstein after The New York Times published its bombshell investigation detailing claims of sexual harassment and abuse. "There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia".
"Imagining I'm going into sisterly solidarity, I can think of nothing more opposed to that, energetically, that I would want in my body at that moment", she explained, referring to cocaine.