"That one man could cause so much damage is astounding", she wrote in the caption, likely referring to Harvey Weinstein, whose whirlwind of allegations played a role in her death according to her family. May you find peace on the astral plane.
Messick had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggled with depression for years, the family said. McGowan claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the Hollywood producer in his hotel room after Messick set up the meeting with Weinstein.
Messick, 50, was McGowan's manager in 1997, the year McGowan told The New York Times in an article published in October that Weinstein raped her. McGowan told the Times she informed her manager about the attack shortly after it occurred.
Messick's name recently appeared in the media after Weinstein's attorney released an email they believe defends the disgraced producer. But added that she also had been distraught from the recent spotlight on her after details emerged on alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, saying she "became collateral damage in an already horrific story".
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"Seeing her name in headlines again and again ... along with Harvey's desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her", the statement said. Over a successful career, she produced hit films including "She's All That", "Mean Girls" and "Frida" and had worked on the upcoming video game adaption "Minecraft: The Movie". Earlier this month, McGowan spoke out against Messick during appearances on Good Morning America and The View, calling her out for working with Weinstein after her alleged rape.
Weinstein has called McGowan's rape accusation "a bold lie" through his lawyer, claiming the actress told Messick soon afterward that the encounter was consensual. In the post, McGowan wishes Messick's family "solace during this pain".
HuffPost reached out to McGowan and Weinstein for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
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