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Producer 'broken by Weinstein scandal' takes her own life

Producer 'broken by Weinstein scandal' takes her own life

Rose McGowan offered her condolences to the family of her former manager, Jill Messick, who committed suicide this week. Messick nevertheless reported allegedly "untoward" behaviour to her bosses, and an arrangement was negotiated between Weinstein and McGowan without Messick's knowledge.

Weinstein's attorney released an email from Messick in which she provided her account of what McGowan had said about the alleged Sundance incident at the time, which the Weinstein team believed refuted McGowan's accusations.

"Rose told Jill what had happened-that she made the decision to remove her clothes and get in the hot tub with him-a mistake which Rose immediately regretted".

'For Jill: May your family find solace during this pain. That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true. "The bad man did this to us both", she wrote on Instagram. May you find peace on the astral plane. "Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact", the family wrote.

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The outspoken actress hadn't posted on social media since Messick's death, but her return was met with angry questions about why she wasn't speaking about the loss at all. Messick suffered from depression, which she called her nemesis, and bipolar disorder. But added that she also had been distraught from the recent spotlight on her after details emerged on alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, saying she "became collateral damage in an already horrific story". "Seeing her name in headlines again and again ... along with Harvey's desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her".

On Wednesday, Hollywood producer Jill Messick was found dead by suicide in Los Angeles, her family confirmed the following day.

Messick is survived by her two children, along with her father, brother, and partner.


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