Producer 'broken by Weinstein scandal' takes her own life
Feb 11 2018
A scathing statement provided by her family's attorney criticized disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, his vocal accuser McGowan and members of the media for their coverage of the #MeToo movement.
Messick represented McGowan at the time she was allegedly raped by Harvey Weinstein and the longtime Hollywood exec felt "victimized" by the allegations put forth by McGowan, and later Weinstein, according to her family.
Ashley Paulman continued, 'Rose is at the helm of her own cis white feminism- selfish, self important, and she has publicly tormented victims.
Posting an image of the sun on Instagram, she wrote: "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", McGowan wrote, referencing Weinstein.
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. May you find peace on the astral plane.
The family of the former Miramax and Paramount Studios exec released a statement about her February 7 suicide, saying that she battled depression and a bipolar disorder. Messick went on to become a production executive at the Weinstein-helmed Miramax from 1997 to 2003, before moving to Lorne Michaels Productions. Over a successful career, she produced hit films including "She's All That", "Mean Girls" and "Frida" and had worked on the upcoming video game adaption "Minecraft: The Movie".
A representative for Weinstein has not replied to HuffPost emails seeking comment.
But as accusations against him mounted, Weinstein released an email-without Messick's consent-in which Messick told her version of the story "based on what she remembers Rose telling her about the Sundance account".
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