(Sex abuse) Weinstein's efforts to vindicate himself devastated Jill Messick

Friday, February 09, 2018

The family said producer Jill Messick, who killed herself, chose not to come forward and defend herself for fear of undermining other women from coming forward on the issue. 

"She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong,'' a family statement said. She suffered nonetheless in silence, the family said. 

"Seeing her name in headlines again and again ... along with Harvey's [Weinstein] desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her,'' the statement said. 

After-hours messages left with representatives seeking comment from Weinstein and Actress Rose McGowan were not immediately returned.-AP