The internet is filled with condolences after Hollywood producer Jill Messick took her own life on Wednesday in Los Angeles. She used to be Rose McGowan's manager in 1997.
Messick's family released a statement confirming her death on Thursday, reports the Daily Mail. She was 50 years old.
It was revealed that she had been a longtime sufferer of depression.
The new book "Brave" by McGowan, which was released on Jan 30, claimed that Messick did very little to help her after McGowan initially came clean about the alleged sexual attack by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
It is reported that Messick helped set up the meeting between McGowan and Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where McGowan now claims that Weinstein raped her.
The family said that McGowan's personal battle with the allegations is what initially set the spotlight on Messick.
Messick’s name being pulled through the mud amid the sexual misconduct allegations reportedly led her to suffer depression and manic episodes.
"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," the family said.
Messick’s family went on to say 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.
An email was made public by Weinstein attorney Ben Brafman which said that Messick had sent to McGowan Weinstein in the first place. The email spoke to various circumstances surrounding the allegations of the sexual assault filed by McGowan.
The email includes the following passage:
"When [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."
Several lawyers from Addis-Wechsler & Associates said that settlement talks were headed by Messick, but the family says that is completely untrue.
Messick's family released a statement regarding the issue:
In January 1997, Jill was an entry-level manager at Addis Wechsler. One of her first clients was Rose McGowan, and one of Jill’s 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 -- that she made the decision to remove her clothes and get in the hot tub with him -- 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 Rose’s 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 Jill’s 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.
McGowan and Weinstein have not yet commented on Messick’s suicide.
Messick also leaves behind her two children, Jackson and Ava.