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Date Posted: Thursday, February 08, 05:16:08pm
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Rose McGowan's ex-manager kills herself: Family of Jill Messick,
who represented the actress when Weinstein 'raped' her and was
criticized in her book, say she is 'collateral damage' of scandal;
DailyMail.com / Stephanie Haney
February 7, 2018
Hollywood producer Jill Messick, age 50, who was Rose McGowan's manager in 1997, killed self yesterday in L.A. Messick's the one who arranged McGowan's meeting with Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. An email Messick sent Weinstein became public regarding that meeting.
Her family said it was too much for her, as was being involved in the story, at all. Her family released a statement on Thursday that criticized McGowan, Weinstein and the press for 'creating a further victim' of Messick by irresponsible reporting. Her family claimed that Messick would not speak out so as to not damage 'the movement,' but they would now set the record straight and share her story.
Hollywood producer Jill Messick, who was Rose McGowan's manager in 1997 at the time that the actor alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her, died by suicide on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
The family of Messick, age 50, released a statement on Thursday confirming that the studio head took her own life.
Messick's family revealed the executive had suffered privately from depression and at least one manic episode, in an essay that was intensely critical of Weinstein, McGowan and the press, saying their loved one 'became collateral damage in an already horrific story.'
'Words matter,' the statement read. 'Someoneís life may depend on it.'
Messick, who her family said had battled depression over the years, was dragged into the spotlight in the midst of a public exchange between Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, and McGowan.
Messick was the manager who set up McGowan's now-infamous meeting with Weinstein, at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where McGowan alleges Weinstein raped her.
Brafman chose to make public an email that Messick had sent to Weinstein, at Weinstein's request according to the family statement, months before allegations of decades of sexual assault by the executive came to light in October.
That email spoke to part of the circumstances surrounding some of the allegations of sexual assault that McGowan has lodged against Weinstein.
DailyMail.com obtained that email on January 30, which included the following passage, written by Messick:
'When we [McGowan and Messick] 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.'
Brafman equates Messick's statement that McGowan got into the hot tub allegedly consensually with Messick to describing a '"consensual" act of sex,' but the email from Messick to Weinstein falls short of describing McGowan's interaction with Weinstein on that day as consensual sex, despite including some language that would suggest Messick believed McGowan had embellished her account of that meeting.
When McGowan was previously asked if she told anyone about her alleged assault, specifically her manager, McGowan said: 'Yes, but she got a job with him for seven years right afterwards.'
That was a reference to Messick taking a job at Miramax as vice president for development, shortly after McGowan had discussed with her that 1997 meeting with Weinstein.
Lawyers from Addis-Wechsler & Associates also said that it was Messick who headed up settlement talks between McGowan and Weinstein, as they were asked by her to meet with the now-disgraced mogul,but the family refutes that statement.
Messick's family said that she chose not to speak out following this development, because she believed in the #MeToo movement, which the family only referred to as 'the movement,' despite how they said McGowan's personal battle resulted in Messick's misrepresentation.
'Now that Jill can no longer speak for herself, itís time to set the record straight,' the statement read.
The statement relayed a more detailed account of what Messick's family said had remained the producer's consistent story since 1997, as follows:
'In January 1997, Jill was an entry-level manager at Addis Wechsler. One of her first clients was Rose McGowan, and one of Jillís first duties was to set up a breakfast meeting with Harvey Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival. Following the meeting, Rose told Jill what had happened ó that she made the decision to remove her clothes and get in the hot tub with him ó a mistake which Rose immediately regretted. Rose never once used the word rape in that conversation.
'Despite this, Jill recognized that Harvey had done something untoward to Rose, if not illegal. She immediately went to her bosses, the partners of Addis Wechsler, to recount Roseís story and to insist that they immediately address the situation. They told Jill that they would handle the situation. The ensuing arrangements between Rose and Harvey were then negotiated, completely without Jillís knowledge. At that time, all Jill knew was that the matter was settled and that Rose continued making films with the Weinsteins. She never knew any details until recently, when Rose elected to make them public.'
The family went on to say that having her name wrapped up in allegations of sexual misconduct against McGowan, allegedly perpetrated at the hands of Weinstein and by implication with her aid, was too much for Messick, who 'was just starting to get her life back on track' after suffering a manic episode five years ago.
'What makes Roseís inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Roseís behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered,' the family added.
Messick's family added that seeing her photo in an international news story of such a nature was a reminder that 'the media is a fearsome tool which cannot be used indiscriminately or even inadvertently to create further victims.'
'There is a responsibility when using a platform to accurately expose criminals, predators, mistruths and misdeeds while protecting the actual truth of third parties,' the statement read.
Neither McGowan or Weinstein have commented publicly on Messick's death, or the family's statement.
Neither could immediately be reached for comment by DailyMail.com.
Messick is survived by two children, Jackson and Ava, their father, Kevin Messick, her father, Michael, her brother, Jan, and her partner, Dan Schuck.
She attended Santa Barbara High School and later graduating with a degree in communications rrom the University of Southern California.
Messick was born on July 27, 1967.
Ready the full statement by her family, below.
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