By David Mercer, News Reporter

Jill Messick, who has died aged 50, pictured in 2007 A former manager of Rose McGowan took her own life after becoming "collateral damage" in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, her family has claimed.

Film producer Jill Messick, who battled depression, died in Los Angeles on Wednesday aged 50.

She was McGowan’s manager at the time the actress claims she was raped by movie mogul Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

Last month, Weinstein released alleged correspondence from Ms Messick , in which she wrote that McGowan told her she "consensually" got into a Jacuzzi with him.

In a statement confirming her death, Ms Messick’s family said she had become "collateral damage in an already horrific story".

They added that she had opted "not to add to the feeding frenzy" and allowed her reputation "to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong" after McGowan accused her of failing to support her fight against Weinstein. Rose McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her The family insisted McGowan had reported the alleged incident to her-then manager without calling it rape and Ms Messick informed her bosses, who said they would "handle the situation". :: More Weinstein cases go before prosecutor "Seeing her name in headlines […]

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