Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators to look into accusers, contact journalists

Emmett Rice
November 8, 2017

The New Yorker also claims that one of the investigators secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan while pretending to be a women's rights advocates, citing dozens of pages of documents and seven people directly involved in Weinstein's efforts.

The Farrow exposé led to over two dozens women coming forward to accuse Weinstein of rape or assault.

The latest allegations against Weinstein came as the Television Academy, responsible for the Emmy awards, announced it had expelled Weinstein for life.

It was also hired to 'obtain additional content of a book which now being written and includes harmful negative information on and about the Client, ' who is identified as Weinstein in multiple documents.

The reporter claimed that he was working on his own story about Weinstein when he was contacted by The New Yorker, and said he was using Black Cube to get information.

Weinstein has denied "any allegations of nonconsensual sex" via his spokeswoman.

Starting in the fall of 2016, as reporters were digging into his conduct, Weinstein reportedly began to hire private security agencies to "collect information on the women and journalists trying to expose the allegations" that he serially assaulted women.

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Neither Hofmeister nor Boies immediately responded to requests for comment. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and producers guild has also revoked Weinstein's membership.

Enlisting three private investigation firms, including one called "Black Cube" employed by former spies from Israel's national intelligence agency, Mossad, gathered negative information on actresses including Rose MacGowan, Annabella Sciorra and Asia Argento, and journalists like reporter Ben Wallace and editor-in-chief Adam Moss of New York Magazine. In this guise she approached McGowan several times, apparently seeking to establish a friendship.

"Everyone lied to me all the time". Boies personally signed the contract directing Black Cube to attempt to uncover information that would stop the publication of a Times story about Weinstein's abuses, while his firm was also representing the Times, including in a libel case. McGowan told Farrow that the persistence of "Diana Filip" among other intimidation tactics made her feel insane, and Annabella Sciorra said it made it all the more hard to finally come forward.

The operative also assumed a separate fake identity and met twice with one journalist chasing down the Weinstein story, while posing as an accuser named "Anna", in an effort to find out which other women had made allegations about Weinstein to the media. "I don't want to shame people", she said. "I appreciate that she's embarrassed to be scooped years later by the New York Times and New Yorker, but I don't believe Weinstein sabotaged her piece".

The producer went to extreme lengths to silence his accusers.

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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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