Jill Messick: producer's death 'collateral damage' of Weinstein scandal, family say

Family blames movie executive’s suicide on Weinstein scandal	 	 	 			Jill Messick

Family blames movie executive’s suicide on Weinstein scandal Jill Messick

Messick's family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, though, that she was one of the first to bring Weinstein's behavior to his superiors. She notably acted as Rose McGowan's manager in January 1997, at the time of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assault of the "Charmed" actress at the Sundance Film Festival.

Messick, a former studio executive, producer, and manager, suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, Fox News said.

"Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact", read the statement to THR.

In a lengthy public statement released on Thursday, Jill's family said: "Jill Messick was a mother of two children, a loving wife and partner, a dear friend to many and a smart entertainment executive".

Messick worked as an executive at Miramax from 1997 to 2003 sooner after a stint as McGowan's manager.

Messick's family also said the arrangements between McGowan and Weinstein were negotiated without her knowledge.

Her family also said that Messick having to see her face splashed across numerous articles reminded her "the media is a fearsome tool which can not be used indiscriminately or even inadvertently to create further victims".

They also claimed that McGowan had slandered her good name, sullying her reputation.

The 50-year-old was found dead on February 7, 2018, with her family revealing that in recent months she had felt "victimised" by "embellished accusations" of her role in the affair.

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women, has dismissed the claims made by McGowan as "a bold lie" and last month quoted from an email from Messick to defend himself.

It read: "The speed of disseminating information has carried mistruths about Jill as a person, which she was unable and unwilling to challenge".

Messick's family says she wanted to publicly deny many of McGowan's claims of betrayal but believed doing so would take attention away from other victims. Weinstein released a Messick e-mail, which stated McGowan told her the encounter was "consensual" but that the actress later regretted the incident.

"His spokesperson also said that McGowan "chose to demand money" from Weinstein and worked and appeared with him later in her career". Jill took her own life. "Someone's life may depend on it". One of her more successful works was the iconic Mean Girls, which saw the story of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, who transferred to a public school and experienced a lot of things she had not known since she was homeschooled by her parents.

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