Jill Messick, a studio executive, producer, and former manager of actress Rose McGowan, died by suicide, her family confirmed Thursday. She was 50.
In a blistering statement, Messick's family said she had privately battled depression for years, and after her name came up as part of the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein and allegations of sexual misconduct made against him, it "broke" her. "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 family said.
Messick was McGowan's manager in 1997, the year the actress alleges Weinstein raped her in his hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. Messick's family said she learned about an encounter between McGowan and Weinstein, and "alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered." Messick believed the matter had been settled when McGowan continued to make movies with Weinstein, her family said, and "never knew any details until recently, when Rose elected to make them public." McGowan has accused Hollywood of protecting Weinstein and ignoring allegations of abuse against him.
Messick also worked at Weinstein's Miramax from 1997 to 2003 as a production executive, and in January, Weinstein's legal team released a statement that included a quote attributed to Messick, which backed his version of events: that his encounter with McGowan was consensual. "It broke Jill," her family said. Messick is survived by two children and her partner, Dan Schuck. Catherine Garcia
Grim aerial photos taken above Santa Rosa, California, show how a fire that swept through one neighborhood completely destroyed dozens of houses.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 10, 2017
The Los Angeles Times tweeted out the before and after images on Monday night — prior to the blaze, the homes were lined up in neat rows, surrounded by lush green vegetation, and now, they have been reduced to rubble, with just a few trees still standing. There are at least 14 fires raging across Northern California, leaving 10 people dead and burning down more than 1,500 structures. Catherine Garcia
A maintenance worker at the University of Southern California made a disturbing discovery on Wednesday: The decomposing body of a graduate student.
The body of Jacob Kelley, a first-year grad student in the Master of Science and Medical Physiology program at the Keck School of Medicine, was found inside a room at the Seaver Residence Hall Wednesday, after the maintenance worker smelled a foul odor, USC police said Thursday. Coroner officials said there were no signs of foul play, and it may have been an accidental death.
Kelley's body appeared to have been in the room for around seven days, USC officials said, and the investigation is ongoing. "It's scary," USC student Laila Fard told ABC Los Angeles. "I thought they had roommates that would find stuff like that, so, it's scary that they don't check up on the students." Catherine Garcia
Keepers at the Thoiry Zoo in France made a disturbing discovery on Tuesday morning, when they found a 4-year-old white rhino shot dead inside his enclosure.
Police say one of his horns had been hacked off with a chainsaw, and the other was partially removed. The rhino, Vince, was just 5 years old, and had been shot in the head three times. The poachers broke into the zoo overnight, and it's believed this is the first time a rhino was killed inside a European zoo.
On the black market, rhino horns can command $30,000 a pound; in some countries, including Vietnam, it is considered an aphrodisiac, the BBC reports. The white rhino was on the brink of extinction in the late 19th century, but slowly made a comeback, although now about 100 rhinos are killed in the wild every month for their horns. Two other rhinos at the Thoiry Zoo, 37-year-old Gracie and 5-year-old Bruno, were not harmed during the attack. Catherine Garcia
Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency has displaced millions of people and disrupted farming and trade in northeastern Nigeria, and now an estimated 14 million people in the country need humanitarian aid.
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator, Peter Lundberg, said Tuesday that 400,000 children are in critical need of food, and 75,000 could starve to death "in the few months ahead of us." In September, at least 10 people a day were dying of starvation in a camp for displaced people near Maiduguri. The U.N. does not have enough money to fully combat the crisis, and said Nigerian philanthropists, international partners, and the private sector must help in any way they can. Boko Haram is still active in northeastern Nigeria, routinely conducting suicide attacks. Catherine Garcia
One was a 19-year-old Indian citizen named Tarushi Jain who was studying at the University of California at Berkeley, said Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The other two were both students at Georgia's Emory University, where Abinta Kabir was a sophomore who hailed from Miami and Faraaz Hossain was a graduate student from Dhaka.
"The Emory community mourns this tragic and senseless loss of two members of our university family," Emory said in a Facebook post on Saturday. "Our thoughts and prayers go out on behalf of Faraaz and Abinta and their families and friends for strength and peace at this unspeakably sad time." Bonnie Kristian
After an 11-hour standoff, Bangladeshi troops entered a restaurant in the diplomatic zone of the nation's capital on Saturday where attackers had holed up with hostages, many of them foreigners. Twenty hostages were found dead, and six attackers were killed in the raid. The attackers, whom the Islamic State claimed as its own, were reportedly armed with guns, swords, and bombs. Many of the dead hostages were reportedly "brutally killed" with sharp weapons. Thirteen hostages were rescued in the raid, and a seventh attacker was arrested. Read more at The New York Times. Ben Frumin
In Thailand, at least 17 girls between the ages of 5 and 12 were killed late Sunday when a fire swept through the dormitory at their school.
Terrible news: at least 17 schoolgirls. aged between 5/13, killed in Thai dormitory fire. Our sincere condoleances. pic.twitter.com/mcpT9FV2qW
— NLambThailand (@KarelEmb) May 23, 2016
Police say that five other girls are injured, two critically. The Christian school, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, is for girls from poor families, Reuters reports. "Most of the losses were because the children were asleep," said district police chief Col. Prayad Singsin. "Those who got out were awake." The fire's cause is unknown. Catherine Garcia