Rose McGowan’s ex-manager, Jill Messick, died by suicide in Los Angeles on Wednesday and she was 50-years-old. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Messick had bipolar disorder and had dealt with depression in the years before she died, in addition to the recent Weinstein scandal that added to her stress.
As you may know, Weinstein released a set of emails which claimed Jill had vindicated him. In a statement released by her family, they commented on the Weinstein/McGowan ordeal at length.
More importantly, Messick’s family said to bring Jill into the situation was unfair and not appropriate for her; Jill was a casualty in the matter.
After Harvey released the email, Messick was “devastated” by his claim that Jill absolved Harvey of the blame. Her family stated, “she became collateral damage in an already horrific story.”
Messick’s family said McGowan misrepresented the truth and accused her ex-manager of all kinds of charges, but Messick chose not to respond because she didn’t want to take away from the victims’ stories.
According to the statement, Jill went to her bosses about the alleged incident, but Rose had never used the word “rape” in the conversation. However, Jill knew Harvey had done something wrong.
McGowan said she told her manager, Messick, the day after it had happened, and Jill “put her arms around (her).” But at a later date, McGowan said she felt as if filing a charge against her perpetrator was “useless” as a result of the way her management team treated her.
In response to the charges, Harvey said it was “erroneous and irresponsible” to conflate inappropriate behavior and consensual sexual contact with claims of rape, especially after agreeing to work with Harvey in the future.
Curiously enough, Jill went to work at Miramax Films ten months after the incident took place. As you may know, Miramax was run and co-owned by Harvey and Bob Weinstein.
Jill worked for the production company from 1997 until 2003. According to Messick’s family, she didn’t know all of the details of the story between Rose and Harvey until McGowan revealed them in a story in the New York Times.