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Jill Messick, Former Manager of Rose McGowan, Commits Suicide

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Exec. Prod. Jill Messick and Paramount's Brad Grey pose at the premiere of Paramount Picture's 'Hot Rod' at the Chinese Theater on July 26, 2007, in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 09 Feb 2018 12:55 PM

Jill Messick, a former manager of Rose McGowan who became caught in the middle of the actress's feud with disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, reportedly committed suicide at 50 this week, her family confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Messick, a former studio executive, producer, and manager, suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, Fox News said. She was McGowan's manager in 1997 during the time the actress claims Weinstein raped her, Fox News said.

McGowan claimed in her book "Brave" that Messick did little to help her during a 1997 incident at the Sundance Film Festival where she charged that Weinstein allegedly raped her, the website Vulture noted.

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.

After the Sundance incident, the family said in the statement that McGowan confided in Messick about an incident with Weinstein that she regretted.

"Rose never once used the word rape in that conversation," Messick's family said in the statement. "Despite this, Jill recognized that Harvey had done something untoward to Rose, if not illegal. She immediately went to her bosses, the partners of Addis Wechsler, to recount Rose's story and to insist that they immediately address the situation.

"They told Jill that they would handle the situation. The ensuing arrangements between Rose and Harvey were then negotiated, completely without Jill's knowledge. At that time, all Jill knew was that the matter was settled and that Rose continued making films with the Weinsteins," the statement continued.

The family said in the statement that Messick believed in the #MeToo movement that has led to hundreds of women telling their stories of sexual harassment and abuse but she had become "collateral damage" in the media.

"Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact," Messick's family said in the statement. "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."

Weinstein, through his attorney, Ben Brafman, used e-mail exchanges between him and Messick, along with actor Ben Affleck, to deny McGowan's rape claims, Fox News said. Brafman said that McGowan described the incident to Messick as consensual sex.

NBC News reported Thursday that Los Angeles Police have forwarded three cases to county prosecutors where women have accused Weinstein of sex crimes. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will decide whether to file charges in the case, per the network.

The office, which formed a task force last year to look into such high-profile cases, was already examining two Weinstein cases brought to them by the Beverly Hills Police Department, NBC said.

While Weinstein has yet to be formally charged with a crime, Los Angeles police have taken dozens of reports from women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct while authorities in New York and London are investigating the former studio mogul, NBC News added.

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