McGowan Offers Condolences To Family Of Former Manager Who Took Her Life

Jenna Warner
February 11, 2018

According to Messick's family, McGowan told her manager about an incident with Weinstein, but did not disclose it as rape.

Rose McGowan is speaking out her about former manager, Jill Messick, after Messick's family partly blamed both McGowan and disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein for Messick's decision to take her own life. The former Charmed star took to Instagram to share a photo of herself holding the Impact Award she was honored with at the Digital-Life-Design Conference in January.

The family of the former Weinstein Company producer - who died age 50 after a battle with depression - claimed she was "victimized" after being dragged back into the headlines over McGowan's resurfaced 1997 rape allegations. Another simply asked if she's aware of what's going on: "Er, have you checked the news Rose?".

Posting an image of the sun on Instagram, she wrote: "For Jill: May your family find some measure of solace during this pain. The bad man did this to us both", McGowan wrote, referencing Weinstein.

The family of the former Miramax and Paramount Studios exec released a statement about her February 7 suicide, saying that she battled depression and a bipolar disorder.

'One of them was Jill, who 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'.

She began producing films and television shows in 1999, and also worked as an executive at Paramount's Lorne Michaels Productions. Mean Girls creator Tina Fey told THR: "This is very sad news and my heart goes out to her family".

In a statement from Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman denying the film honcho raped Weinstein, he used a quote attributed to Messick.

Messages left with representatives seeking comment from Weinstein and McGowan were not immediately returned.

"Jill Messick was a mother of two children, a loving wife and partner, a dear friend to many and a smart entertainment executive". Outside of the USA, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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