Rose McGowan Drives Her Ex-Manager To Commit Suicide Family Says
Jill Messick, the former manager of Rose McGowan who she named as the person who introduced her to Harvey Weinstein has taken her own life. Her family says Jill could not withstand anymore bad press and alleged lies from McGowan about her involvement in the alleged sexual abuse that went down between Mcgowan and Harvey Weinstein. Rose had alleged she confided in her manager after Weinstein had perform unwanted oral sex on her in a hot tub. Then, through a statement from Weinstein’s attorney, Jill was quoted as saying she knew of their interaction as a consensual one. This statement was released without Jill’s consent.
This was the whole statement that mentioned Messick:
“In an email to Mr. Weinstein regarding the encounter, Jill Messick says the following, “When we met up the following day, she hesitantly told me of her own accord that during the meeting that night before she had gotten into a hot tub with Mr. Weinstein. She was very clear about the fact that getting into that hot tub was something that she did consensually and that in hindsight it was also something that she regretted having done.'”
This lead to public scrutiny and Rose bashing her in her book Brave, unfortunately Jill couldn’t handle, according to the NY Daily News.
“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,” they said.
“She became collateral damage in an already horrific story… Jill was many things, but she was not a liar.”
The family said Messick had kept quiet as the he-said she-said between McGowan and Weinstein dragged on “for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth.”
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,” the family said.
Messick who famously worked on Mean Girls with Tina Fey maintained that she didn’t want to publicly contracist McGowan for fear of backlash. Messick is survived by two children, their father, her father, a brother and partner Dan Shuck. May she rest in peace.