The former manager of actress Rose McGowan committed suicide this week in Los Angeles, and her family has since criticized McGowan and Harvey Weinstein.
Following the death Wednesday of Jill Messick, 50, The Hollywood Reporter published a statement from Messick’s family citing the role of McGowan and Weinstein in involving Messick in the battle over McGowan’s allegations that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997.
Messick had reportedly battled depression for years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact,” her family said in its 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.”
Messick’s family also said in the statement: “Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others. One of them was Jill, who chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth. She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong.”