Hollywood studio executive and producer Jill Messick died on Wednesday by what her family said was suicide. She was 50.
The family said in a lengthy statement that Messick had battled depression, “which had been her nemesis for years.” But the family also lashed out at Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan, saying that Messick had become “collateral damage” in the movement that has arisen after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein were reported.
“‘The Movement’ just lost one of its own,” the statement begins. Please reach out to my or someone else before leaving the earth.
Messick executive-produced films including “Baby Mama,” “Mean Girls,” “Hot Rod” and “She’s All That.” Tina Fey, the writer of “Mean Girls,” told Deadline that Messick was “instrumental in helping ‘Mean Girls’ get to the screen. She was a fiercely dedicated producer and a kind person.”
Messick was McGowan’s manager in 1997 when, the actress says, she was raped by Weinstein.
In January, Weinstein’s lawyer published emails from Messick and Ben Affleck and said they proved McGowan’s accusations were a “performance.” McGowan responded on Twitter that her managers, publicists and assistants were all complicit in what had happened to her.