She worked for McGowan at the time of her alleged assault by Harvey Weinstein
Rose McGowan’s former manager Jill Messick has reportedly died after taking her own life.
The film producer worked for McGowan at the time of her alleged sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.
In a statement, Messick’s family confirmed that she battled depression and bipolar, citing the pressure of the recent allegations against Weinstein as a potential trigger.
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.
“Jill Messick was a mother of two children, a loving wife and partner, a dear friend to many and a smart entertainment executive. She was also a survivor, privately battling depression which had been her nemesis for years”, her family confirmed in a statement.
“Today she did not survive. Jill took her own life.
“Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact. The speed of disseminating information has carried mistruths about Jill as a person, which she was unable and unwilling to challenge. She became collateral damage in an already horrific story.
“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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