Rose McGowan releases statement on death of former manager

Artist/Activist/Executive producer Rose McGowan. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

After days of silence, Rose McGowan has spoken out about the reported suicide of her former manager, Jill Messick.

“May your family find some measure of solace during this pain,” McGowan wrote in an Instagram post, as The Los Angeles Times reports.

In recent months, Messick’s name had surfaced in connection with the Harvey Weinstein scandal. While representing McGowan in 1997, Messick set up a meeting between the actress and Weinstein. McGowan has since alleged that she was raped by Weinstein during the meeting. In January, Weinstein leaked an email from Messick saying that McGowan told her that had she consented to remove her clothes and get in a hot tub with Weinstein, which she regretted, but did not make any mention of rape.

In the wake of Messick’s suicide, her family released a statement claiming that Messick had immediately alerted her bosses about Weinstein’s behavior, which she viewed as inappropriate, if not criminal. The family also blamed both Weinstein and McGowan for Messick’s death.

“Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her,” the statement said.

In her own statement, McGowan also implicated Weinstein. “That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true,” she wrote. “The bad man did this to us both. May you find peace on the astral plane. May you find serenity with the stars.”

Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.


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