Actress Rose McGowan paid tribute to her former manager named Jill Messick on her Instagram, the 50-year-old has died three days ago by suicide.
The 44-year-old McGowan captioned a picture of the sun seen from space, “May your family find some measure of solace during this pain.” The actress wrote, “May you find peace on the astral plane. May you find serenity with the stars.”
Messick’s family slammed McGowan and now disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein for dragging Messick’s name into the McGowan’s allegations that the former movie mogul raped her in 1997.
McGowan who has been a leading voice in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, referenced the producer in her post for Messick, writing, “That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true. The bad man did this to us both.”
According to Messick’s family, she was devasted after Weinstein’s attorney issued an email in which Messick defended the former movie mogul.
The family said in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reported, “Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact.” The statement continued, “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.”
Messick’s family claimed that the actress “inaccurate accusations and insinuations” against her, but Messick decided not to open up so as not to take attention away from sexual harassment or assault victims.
“She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong,” the family said in the statement. “She never chose to be a public figure; that choice was taken away from her.”
The family said, “Rose never once used the word rape in that conversation.” The family added, “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.”