Rose McGowan’s ex-manager Jill Messick has committed suicide, and while her act undoubtedly is the culmination of years of battling documented depression, confirmed in a statement by her family, the straw that broke the camel’s back was McGowan’s very public slamming of Messick as the ultimate h8er. When slams go wrong. Messick had to deal with McGowan’s ass directly before Messick became an executive at Miramax, Harvey Weinstein’s studio, between the years of 1997 and 2003.
1997 was the fateful year that McGowan shored up her career by having sex with Weinstein in a hot tub during the Sundance Film Festival. According to modern day McGowan in her book Brave – now on bookshelves! – McGowan opened up to Messick as well as other insiders about being raped by Weinstein at the time, only to be told to sweep the encounter under the rug, and to accept the $100,000 hush money offered by Weinstein. If only it was that easy to get McGowan to shut her cat anus mouth. But Messick’s family has a slightly different take on McGowan’s chat with Messick in 1997, claiming that McGowan regretted duffing a hog to get ahead in her career, but that she never framed the encounter as rape:
Following the meeting [with Weinstein], Rose told Jill what had happened – that she made the decision to remove her clothes and get in the hot tub with him – a mistake which Rose immediately regretted. Rose never once used the word rape in that conversation. Despite this, Jill recognized that Harvey had done something untoward to Rose, if not illegal. She immediately went to her bosses, the partners of Addis Wechsler, to recount Rose’s story and to insist that they immediately address the situation. They told Jill that they would handle the situation.
The ensuing arrangements between Rose and Harvey were then negotiated, completely without Jill’s knowledge. At that time, all Jill knew was that the matter was settled and that Rose continued making films with the Weinsteins. She never knew any details until recently, when Rose elected to make them public.
Messick’s family claims that she recently became “collateral damage” in the ongoing feud between McGowan and Weinstein. He even went so far as to release her private email correspondences to the public in order to take on McGowan. Being Hollywood tabloid fodder was apparently something that Messick was unable to handle emotionally, so, now she’s dead. In hindsight she may have chosen the wrong industry. Just saying.
The fact of the matter is that Messick was a movie executive, and odds are she was ready and willing to step on the backs of emotionally and physically abused starlets in order to get to the top. It’s 90% of the job description. Hell she might have murdered a few for good measure. Practice. Execs are driven by money and greed, and I frankly can’t say too many great things about them, and if I had to guess, Messick was an asshole. But McGowan has been no more than a celebrity cyber bully for years now. The hypnosis she has on her “Rose Army” of avid followers will be broken once they see that she’s only a victim of Groupon plastic surgeons, not of patriarchial Hollywood. Jill’s death could very well lead to a domino effect that will take down Rose. Messick’s family can take solace in that. Even though she was probably terrible. Just saying.
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