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Rose McGowan on Jill Messick’s suicide: ‘The bad man did this to us both’

The actress reacts to the suicide of her former manager.

Rose McGowan has responded to the suicide of her former manager Jill Messick and a blistering statement by the victim’s family by laying the blame at Harvey Weinsten’s door. “That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true,” McGowan wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. “The bad man did this to us both.”

Messick, who was bipolar, killed herself after being emotionally gutted for being dragged into McGowan’s allegations of rape against Weinstein. Messick was 50. She was McGowan’s manager in 1997 when the actress was allegedly raped by Weinstein, and went on to work for the producer.

In her recent statements about the incident, McGowan named Messick, among others, for being responsible for covering up Weinstein’s actions.

After Messick’s suicide, her family issued a lengthy statement in which they said that Messick became “collateral damage” in the ongoing battle between Weinstein and McGowan. “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,” the statement said. “It broke Jill, who was just starting to get her life back on track.”

In an Instagram post on Saturday, McGowan said, “For Jill: May your family find some measure of solace during this pain… May you find serenity with the stars.”

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