Rose McGowan's Former Assistant Jill Messick Commits Suicide At 50, Family Says Messick Was Used As 'Collateral Damage' Between The Two Parties In Weinstein Scandal
On 13th February 2018
Jill Messick killed herself on February 8. The deceased's family blames Rose McGowan and Harvey Weinstein for using her for the purpose of their own gain and their battle pushed her into depression which the 50-year old was not able to fight off the depression and broke under it. According to Jill's family, Jill was the victim of mistruths, without knowing the complete truth the whole world pointed fingers towards her and Jill in return kept her mouth shut because being a firm supporter of the metoo movement she didn't want to trivialize the cause with her issue.
#1 Jill Messick Was Constantly Dragged Into The Battle Of Two People
Jill Mesick, 50, a mother of two in a tragic turn of events killed herself on February 8 after struggling with depression for months. Hours after her death, Jill's family released a statement, in which her family referred her as "collateral damage" as 50-year old was constantly dragged into the battle of Harvey and Rose.
Harvey Weinstein's scandal dragged a lot of names in the mud. One of which is Rose McGowan's former assistant Jill Messick. Rose blamed her former assistant that it was because of Jill that her first meeting with Harvey Weinstein was arranged.
#2 Jill Was Purposely Kept In Dark
In 1997, Jill joined Addis Wechsler as an entry-level manager. Her first client was actress Rose and she set up the first meeting between Rose and Harvey Weinstein one morning during the Sundance Film Festival. Rose later informed Jill of the treatment she received during her meeting the film producer. She allegedly got undressed and got in the bathtub with Weinstein. Jill regretted every moment of her decision after knowing the incident but according to Jill's family Rose subsequently never mentioned rape, which she revealed during her interview with New York Times in 2017.
Jill arranged a meeting with the officials where she was told that everything will be handled, months later Jill figured out that things have been handled and continued her work with Weinstein, she was also unaware that Rose had an out of court settlement with Harvey and she received $10,000 as settlement fees. Rose later in her interview revealed, she felt let down by her managers.
#3 Rose McGowan Blamed Jill For Her Incident With Weinstein And Made Sure To Drag Her Name In Mud In Every TV Interview She Gave
Rose has mentioned her former assistant in a number of interviews. Jill's family in their statement say the unwanted attention Jill received because of the negative image portrayed of her by Rose was something that pushed her further into depression. The media attention even led to the release of documents by Harvey's team which included an email which Jill wrote to Harvey recounting her account of the conversation she had with Rose.
The statement read, "In this e-mail, Jill offered the truth based on what she remembers Rose telling her about the Sundance account. In the face of Rose’s continued and embellished accusations last week, Harvey took it upon himself to release the e-mail without her consent."
#4 Jill Was Helpless And Depressed Over The Situation
The devastating family states that Jill was heartbroken and helpless when she saw her name dragged again and again by two people who were continuously using her for their own personal reasons without keeping her well being in mind. "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. It broke Jill, who was just starting to get her life back on track."
#5 Ironically It Was Jill Who First Took A Stand For Rose But She Was Bashed The Most By The World
Jill's family pointed out that it was Jill who first stood for Rose but unfortunately she was bashed the most by the media. Jill could have also raised her voice but she believed in metoo movement and didn't want anything to distract the cause so she decided to keep her mouth shut and bear all accusations.
During the promotions of her new book, "Brave" Rose revealed that she was disappointed when Jill took up a job in Harvey's company, Miramax in 1997 after she'd heard about the incident at Sundance Film Festival. However, Jill's family claims that Jill was told by her officials that the matter has been handled and that she was kept in dark about the whole situation.
#6 Jill Was The Victim Of Mistruths
Jill's family heartbroken states that Jill was the victim of mistruths that were handled rather irresponsibly, she was mercilessly used by the two parties, who never considered the consequences before tarnishing her image in front of the whole world, portraying her as the guilty one when in reality she was the victim herself, "Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept a statement as fact. 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. We must ask more of ourselves, and of each other. We must take a moment to consider the ramifications and consequences of what we say and what we do.Words matter. Someone’s life may depend on it."