In the late 1990s, Rose McGowan was working her way up to be a successful actress in Hollywood, starring in memorable movies such as “Scream,” “Going All the Way,” and “Jawbreaker.” But during that time, she claims that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein, who had taken her under his wing.
It was 1997. When the alleged rape happened, she told her manager, Jill Messick, and then went on with her career. Recently, McGowan has criticized Messick for not doing enough for her when it happened.
On February 8, Messick was so overwhelmed by the controversy that she committed suicide.
Messick was 50. According to Fox News, she had been in the middle of a very long battle with depression and bipolar disorder. In a lengthy statement that Messick’s family shared with The Hollywood Reporter, they explained how the controversy had taken such a heavy and costly toll on her.
"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.
Perhaps the thing that hurt Messick the most as McGowan and others went public against Weinstein’s conduct toward them, occurred when Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, released an email that she had sent to him privately. Brafman used that email against her, using it as evidence that Messick was defending Weinstein.
“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.”
The family added that she “became collateral damage in an already horrific story.”
Messick faced pressure not only from Weinstein, but also from McGowan, who claimed that Messick did not do enough to help her after the rape. But her family argued that isn’t accurate.
“What makes Rose’s inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered,” explained the family.
“Twenty years ago, as a very junior person in a management company hierarchy, Jill exhibited her integrity in doing the right thing – she raised the red flag with the heads of her firm. In the face of inappropriate behavior, Jill handled the situation appropriately,” they added.
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