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Rose McGowan Talks Matt Lauer, Jill Messick, Harvey Weinstein & More in 'THR'

Rose McGowan strikes a stunning pose on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue, on newsstands today.

Here’s what the 44-year-old Charmed actress had to share with the mag:

On her experience with the late Jill Messick: Harvey [Weinstein] attended the premiere of [Rose's film] Going All the Way, in which she has a topless scene. After it came onscreen, Rose claims, she saw her then-manager Jill turn and nod to the mogul. It was Jill who set up the meeting the next morning between Harvey and Rose at the Stein Eriksen Lodge that Rose says ended with her being sexually assaulted in a hot tub.

On Jill’s tragic suicide: “We need to look at the real person who’s behind this. That person has blood on his hands, and we all know, once again, who I’m talking about.” (The Messick family declines to comment further on Rose.)

On why she helped kill Ronan Farrow‘s NBC News story: “NBC took a lot of heat for killing the story. But I actually served Ronan with a cease and desist — two of them … I did not want my rape spoken about over breakfast cereal on the Today show. I’d heard about Matt Lauer. You can’t tell me the people at the top of NBC aren’t aware. Come on.”

… “I was never going to let my story be on NBC, but I wanted to ensure that the Times would do it, and everybody before had folded. So I pitted [Ronan] against The New York Times. I understand how men work and how Hollywood works and how power works. People are going to be much more interested in going down the line with something if they know they’re competing with somebody else.”

For more from Ronan, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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Rose McGowan's Former Manager Commits Suicide: Read Her Family's Statement

Studio executive and producer Jill Messick has died from suicide on Wednesday (February 7), her family tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The 50-year-old exec was also Rose McGowan‘s back in 1997, which is when the 44-year-old actress claims Harvey Weinstein raped her.

Jill‘s family tells THR that she suffered from years of depression and was “victimized” when she found herself in the middle of the Weinstein-McGowan allegations before saying Jill “became collateral damage in an already horrific story.”

“Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others,” Jill‘s family says. “One of them was Jill, who 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. She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong. She never chose to be a public figure, that choice was taken away from her.”

Over the past couple of months, Rose claimed that Harvey raped her back in 1997 while they were at the Sundance Film Festival that year. Jill‘s name recently made headlines when Harvey’s attorney, Ben Brafman, released an email written by Jill in defense of the disgraced film producer.

“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,” her family continues. “It broke Jill, who was just starting to get her life back on track. 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.”

You can read Jill‘s family’s entire statement at HollywoodReporter.com.