Rose McGowan’s Former Manager, Jill Messick, Commits Suicide
Hollywood producer Jill Messick, who was Rose McGowan’s manager in 1997 at the time that the actor alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her, died of an apparent suicide on Wednesday.
The family of Messick, age 50, released a statement on Thursday confirming that the studio head had committed suicide.
Messick’s family revealed the executive had suffered privately from depression and at least one manic episode, in an essay that was intensely critical of Weinstein, McGowan and the press, saying their loved one ‘became collateral damage in an already horrific story.’
‘Words matter,’ the statement read. ‘Someone’s life may depend on it.’
This comes after the January 30 release of McGowan’s book, Brave, which claims Messick did little to help her after she confided in her about the alleged attack by Weinstein.
Messick was the manager who set up McGowan’s now-infamous meeting with Weinstein, at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where McGowan alleges Weinstein raped her.
When McGowan was previously asked if she told anyone about her alleged assault, specifically her manager, McGowan said: ‘Yes, but she got a job with him for seven years right afterwards.’
That was a reference to Messick taking a job at Miramax as vice president for development, shortly after McGowan had discussed with her that 1997 meeting with Weinstein.
‘Now that Jill can no longer speak for herself, it’s time to set the record straight,’ the statement read.
According to Daily Mail,the family went on to say that having her name wrapped up in allegations of sexual misconduct against McGowan, allegedly perpetrated at the hands of Weinstein and by implication with her aid, was too much for Messick, who ‘was just starting to get her life back on track’ after suffering a manic episode five years ago.
‘What makes Rose’s inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered,’ the family added.
Messick’s family added that seeing her photo in an international news story of such a nature was a reminder that ‘the media is a fearsome tool which cannot be used indiscriminately or even inadvertently to create further victims.’
‘There is a responsibility when using a platform to accurately expose criminals, predators, mistruths and misdeeds while protecting the actual truth of third parties,’ the statement read.