Salma Hayek Mourns Rose McGowan's Ex-Manager Following Suicide

Salma Hayek, Jill Messick
The Mexican actress wrote a touching message after the passing of Jill Messick. GettyImages

Salma Hayek took to Instagram to express her condolences following the tragic death of Jill Messick after it was reported that she took her own life. Jill was Rose McGowan's manager during the time the "Charmed" actress said that Harvey Weinstein raped her. "I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jill Messick," she wrote. "Jill was Frida's executive at Miramax. She always navigated the frustrating and hostile environment of Miramax with grace and elegance. She became my ally and my friend."

"In the many years we worked together I witnessed her professionalism while being pregnant, a mother and through incredible pressure," Hayek continued. "She was a girl’s girl and a romantic when it came to fighting for the underdog. I will forever be grateful for her support and kindness. My heart is with her husband Kevin, her precious children Jackson and Ava and her friends and family, that like me cherish her memory. May she Rest In Peace #RestInPeace#JillMessick #SarahGreen"

Messick's death is said to being "collateral damage" by the family after the Weinstein scandal erupted. “Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact,” the family said in a statement posted by The Washington Post. “The speed of disseminating information has carried mistruths about Jill as a person, which she was unable and unwilling to challenge.” 

“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 continued. The family said Jill “chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth."

“What makes Rose’s inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered,” the family stated.

The passing of Messick comes as Salma Hayek made serious claims against Harvey Weinstein in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she said the Hollywood producer threatened to break her kneecaps. “He told me he wanted to kill me,” the actress said of Weinstein during production of the movie "Frida." (via THR) "He said to [Frida director] Julie Taymor, 'I am going to break the kneecaps of that "c word."'"

The former "Teresa" star also talked about her feelings in the New York Times exposé in which she detailed her experience with Weinstein. “I felt like my pain was so small” in comparison to the others, she said of her story (via Deadline). “I thought, ‘There’s no point for me to talk because it happens to everyone.'” Salma eventually realized that “when [women] come together and unite with each other, it’s not about drama. It’s not about pain. It’s about something that can move powerfully and make change happen.”

Following the new reports, a spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein issued an apology and denied threatening Hayek's life. “As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on Frida, and in this case, it served to drive the project to perfection," the statement published by Vanity Fair read. "It wasn’t an easy process and Mr. Weinstein apologizes for the way he may have approached the situation. He hopes all involved can at least agree that the movie was fantastic."

"Mr. Weinstein apologizes for his boorish behavior following a screening of Frida; prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie—and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit. However, his conflict was with Julie Taymor not Ms. Hayek. Mr. Weinstein never fought with Ms. Hayek on set and this comment does not reflect how he feels about her; he doesn’t recall ever saying such an awful thing."

"Over the 20 years plus since the movie’s success, Ms. Hayek and Mr. Weinstein’s daughters have had play dates, their families have enjoyed time together when running into each other on vacations, and the two have had dinners where they pitched and discussed projects such as Ms. Hayek asking Harvey to distribute her movie Evelyn and Mr. Weinstein pitching her a remake of The Lives of Others with Penelope Cruzabout a South American dictatorship."

"Nevertheless, Mr. Weinstein deeply apologizes to Ms. Hayek for any pain she has suffered as a result of his behavior or comments. Mr. Weinstein has great respect for her as an actress and a producer and thinks there are many more Frida’s for her to produce in the future and that she doesn’t need anyone to help her - She’s terrific by herself."

 

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.