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Rose Magowan's former manager found dead

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  1. Sarah

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    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.


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    Poor woman. I guess they're blaming it on Harvey.
     
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    Jill Messick's family issued a public statement that was critical of the media, Weinstein and McGowan, as well as "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. She became collateral damage in an already horrific story." Her family defended Messick's decision to not publicly address McGowan's negative statements about her because of "fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth. She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong." It also asserts that, contrary to McGowan's accusations, Messick (who supported the MeToo movement) "was the first person who stood up on Rose's behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered" despite being an entry-level employee at that time.
     

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