In a post (see it below) addressed “For Jill”, McGowan writes:
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.
McGowan’s message is her first since Messick, her former manager, died Wednesday by suicide at 50. In a lengthy, scathing statement then, Messick’s family said the suicide was “collateral damage” in the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and McGowan’s role in it. The family said Messick was bipolar and had battled depression.
“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. She never chose to be a public figure, that choice was taken away from her.”
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McGowan’s message today made no mention of the Messick family’s accusations, and placed the cause of the damage directly on (the unnamed) Weinstein.
Messick spent more than 10 years in executive roles at Paramount-based Lorne Michaels Productions and at Miramax, with producing credits on Frida, Mean Girls and Bad Judge, among others.
She spent five years at the Weinstein-run Miramax from 1997-2003, and last month, Weinstein used emails from her and Ben Affleck to refute McGowan’s claims of sexual assault. Messick’s family called Weinstein’s actions a “desperate attempt to vindicate himself” and said the ploy “devastated” Messick.
Here is McGowan’s Instagram post:
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