Rose McGowan Breaks Silence On Former Manager Jill Messick's Death

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Messick represented McGowan in January 1997, during the time the actress accused Harvey Weinstein of alleged rape.

The Hollywood executive's family claim she had been "victimised" after being dragged back into the headlines when McGowan's 1997 rape allegation against the disgraced movie mogul resurfaced.

Messick had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggled with depression for years, the family said. "Today she did not survive". One Twitter user asked her if being honored was her initial thought after news broke of Jill's upsetting death.

Executive producer Jill Messick is pictured at the premiere of Paramount Picture's "Hot Rod" at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, on July 26, 2007. She committed suicide on Wednesday.

Rose McGowan has broken her silence about her former manager Jill Messick, who died by suicide on Wednesday, February 7.

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Messick's family rejected the suggestion that she was not supportive to McGowan, saying she was "the first person who stood up on Rose's behalf".

The family went on to accuse McGowan of making "slanderous statements against her", which the mother-of-two chose not to rebut for fear of undermining victims of sexual assault.

Don't miss: Why Do the Russians Trust the Church Set Up By the KGB? "In an email to Mr. Weinstein regarding the encounter, Jill Messick says the following, 'When we 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".

And as the #MeToo movement gained momentum, Messick couldn't handle her name being drudged up-she had suffered a mental breakdown five years earlier.

"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". But they added that she also had been distraught from the recent spotlight on her after details emerged on alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein.

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