Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Jill Messick, Producer and Former Rose McGowan Manager, Dies at 50

Jill Messick, Producer and Former Rose McGowan Manager, Dies at 50

The fact that one man could cause so much damage is astounding but tragically true.

Rose McGowan is breaking her silence. The bad man did this to us both.

Their statement also said Messick "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", but "now that Jill can no longer speak for herself, it's time to set the record straight". "May you find serenity with the stars", Rose wrote on her Instagram on Saturday (February 10). In a statement to the Associated Press, Messick's family described her as "collateral damage in an already horrific story".

One Twitter user wrote, 'Is this the first thing that you felt when you heard of your former manager taking her life and her family blaming among others your own contempt against Jill? "Seeing her name in headlines again and again ... along with Harvey's desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her".

McGowan has said that the Hollywood producer raped her in 1997 and that Messick failed to support her. Messick's family has disputed that account, saying McGowan reported an incident to her without calling it rape.

At Miramax, where she was a production executive from 1997 to 2003, she served as co-exec producer on 1999 comedy She's All That and was part of the team that worked on the 2002 Oscar-winning film Frida. Weinstein in late January provided news outlets with emails from Messick detailing what she remembered of the day McGowan told her about the alleged rape.

Messages left with representatives seeking comment from Weinstein and McGowan were not immediately returned. She was 50. The producer is survived by her two children, Jackson and Ava, their father, Kevin Messick, and her partner, Dan Schuck.

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