Taking to Instagram, the actress said “the bad man did this to us both”
Rose McGowan has responded to the death of her former manager, Jill Messick.
Messick’s family confirmed she took her own life on Wednesday (February 7) and added that the 50-year-old was “collateral damage” in the Harvey Weinstein case.
The family also confirmed that she battled depression and bipolar, citing the pressure of the recent allegations against Weinstein as a potential trigger.
In a statement on her Instagram page on Saturday (February 10), McGowan said: “For Jill: May your family find some measure of solace during this pain. That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true. The bad man did this to us both. May you find peace on the astral plane. May you find serenity with the stars.”
McGowan was represented by Messick in 1997, during the time the actress claims she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein. The actress has previously claimed she was not supported by her management during the time of the alleged assault.
After working for McGowan, Messick reportedly joined Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax as a production secretary, despite being informed of the alleged attack.
In her tell-all autobiography Brave, McGowan repeatedly criticised Messick for taking the role.
But her family insists that she was the victim of “misrepresentation” and avoided speaking out in recent months as she wished to avoid media scrutiny and further pressure on McGowan.
They added: “Jill believed in the Movement. She supported every woman finally coming forward to share their dark truths and expose those who had committed previously unspeakable deeds. She was loyal. She was strong. Jill was many things, but she was not a liar.”
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