Rose McGowan is speaking out her about former manager, Jill Messick, after Messick’s family partly blamed both McGowan and disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein for Messick’s decision to take her own life.
McGowan took to Instagram on Saturday, writing, “For Jill: May your family find some measure of 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. May you find peace on the astral plane. May you find serenity with the stars.”
Messick, who managed McGowan in 1997 when the actress says she was raped by Weinstein, died earlier this week. Her family told The Hollywood Reporter she felt “victimized” by being dragged into the allegations by Rose. They said, “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.”
Messick maintained that McGowan told her back in 1997 that she made the decision to get undressed and never used the word rape to describe the encounter. Messick’s family is adamant she handled the situation properly at the time by reporting the incident to her bosses.
Shortly after, Miramax offered Messick an executive job and McGowan had suggested that the offer was payment for covering up the alleged sexual assault.
Weinstein also tried to use Messick to his advantage when his attorney released an email defending Weinstein and attributed it to Jill.
Messick’s family says both McGowan and Weinstein caused her to become “collateral damage in an already horrific story.”