One of the sadder stories to come out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal is the suicide of film executive Jill Messick, 50, this week. Jill was the former Miramax executive who previously managed Rose McGowan’s career in the late-90s. She was Rose’s manager in 1997 when Rose claims Harvey Weinstein raped her at the Sundance Film Festival.
Since the floodgates of scandal opened, Rose has gone in on Jill, publicly blaming her for not being supportive of her after the alleged rape and for taking a job with her supposed rapist. Jill’s family said it took a toll on her. Rose posted about her former manager’s death on Instagram yesterday. In a post depicting the sun coming up over the earth, Rose wished Jill peace and wellness.
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.
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After reports of her suicide surfaced, her family released a statement declaring that Messick did not enable the sexual abuse of McGowan at the hands of Weinstein. the Messick family’s statement said:
“Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her,”
In January, Weinstein’s lawyer published emails from Jill Messick and Ben Affleck and said they proved Rose McGowan’s accusations were a “performance.” McGowan responded on Twitter that her managers, publicists and assistants were all complicit in what had happened to her.
Their statement also said Messick “chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth,” but “now that Jill can no longer speak for herself, it’s time to set the record straight.” Rose McGowan, in her social media post, did not address the family’s comments directly.