"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". " McGowan responded on Twitter that her managers, publicists and assistants were all complicit in what had happened to her". Messick nevertheless reported allegedly "untoward" behaviour to her bosses, and an arrangement was negotiated between Weinstein and McGowan without Messick's knowledge.
Weinstein's lawyers used an email from Messick in his defense last month.
Rose McGowan has broken a days-long silence to express sympathy over the suicide of her former manager, whose family has criticized the actress and activist. They added that Jill "became collateral damage in an already horrific story".
Messick, 50, battled depression for many years, according to a statement obtained by the Daily News from her family, but the recent thrust into the spotlight had made things harder.
"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, " said the statement.
In a February 8 statement to THR, Messick's family was sharply critical of Weinstein and McGowan: "Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact". Mean Girls creator Tina Fey told THR: "This is very sad news and my heart goes out to her family". Read the full statement here. Jill was instrumental in helping Mean Girls get to the screen. She also exec produced NBC's comedy series Bad Judge. The actress had not commented on Messick's death since it was confirmed on Thursday.