http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43002000 Jill Messick, Hollywood producer and former manager of actress Rose McGowan, has died in Los Angeles, aged 50. Messick represented McGowan in 1997, when the actress alleged she was raped by Harvey Weinstein - which he denies. McGowan has previously said she was not supported by her management at the time of the alleged attack. Messick's family confirmed she took her own life on Wednesday, adding that she was used as "collateral damage" in the Weinstein case. This was after Weinstein's lawyer Ben Brafman published an email from Messick to help deny McGowan's rape claims. The email from Messick acknowledged that an incident had taken place between McGowan and Weinstein, but described it as "consensual". Weinstein maintains that McGowan's claim that she was raped by him at the Sundance Festival in 1997 is "a bold lie". Messick's family said that she had chosen to stay out of the spotlight in recent months and "opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong". They say she was "victimised" during the process and could not cope as she suffered from depression and bipolar disorder. Messick spent five years working at Weinstein's Miramax as an executive between 1997-2003.