Harvey Weinstein Hired Private Investigators, Former Spies To Silence Sexual Assault Accusers

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"It is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time", Sallie Hofmeister, Weinstein's spokesperson, told the New Yorker.

One report on McGowan that Ness sent to Weinstein last December ran for more than a hundred pages and featured McGowan's address and other personal information, along with sections labelled "Lies/Exaggerations/Contradictions", "Hypocrisy", and "Potential Negative Character Wits", an apparent abbreviation of "witnesses".

For years, Weinstein had used private security agencies to investigate reporters.

The organization that bestows the Emmy Awards has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein in the wake of numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against the producer.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and producers guild have also revoked Weinstein's membership.

Black Cube, which Weinstein hired in the fall of 2016 in order to suppress the allegations, has branches in Tel Aviv, London and Paris, and offers its clients the skills of operatives "highly experienced and trained in Israel's elite military and governmental intelligence units", the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow reported Monday, citing the company's literature and website. In this guise she approached McGowan several times, apparently seeking to establish a friendship.

I asked Boies directly whether he hired investigators to impede the Times in 2004, as he did this year.


Weinstein, Farrow alleged, also recruited journalists to help him get intel on McGowan and other women who might possibly come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

However, the agencies named in the piece have declined to comment on the work it did for Weinstein but insists it always operates "in full compliance with the law of any jurisdiction in which it operates". Though he denied that his actions - trying to squash a Times story while representing the outlet - created a conflict of interest, Boies said his firm's interaction with the private investigators was "a mistake at the time". "Although he vigorously denies using physical force, Mr. Weinstein has himself recognized that his contact with women was indefensible and incredibly hurtful", he told The New Yorker. Bill Keller, the Times's executive editor at the time, has said he does not recall such a meeting and defended the decision not to publish Waxman's findings as the result of Waxman's inability nail down sufficient evidence against Weinstein.

The magazine, along with the New York Times, originally broke the story that shocked the United States in October - when it emerged that Weinstein had been sexually harassing and assaulting women in Hollywood for decades.

"This machine that was so instrumental in keeping this quiet as long as it was quiet-I think there is much more to be said about just how far that went", Farrow said.

Farrow has since appeared on television to break down the "international campaign" Weinstein engaged in to silence his accusers.

Boies' firm ultimately owed Black Cube $600,000 as part of a contract which outlined a project whose main goal was to "provide intelligence which will help the Client's efforts to completely stop the publication of a new negative article in a leading NY newspaper", according to The New Yorker.

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