Harvey Weinstein reportedly hired people to spy on his accusers
Nov 08 2017
The same operative, using a different false identity and implying that she had an allegation against Weinstein, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press, according to the report penned for the magazine by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow. As Farrow reports, one of the files on McGowan was more than a hundred pages long and included sections like "Past Lovers", "Lies/Exaggerations/Contradictions", as well as information on McGowan's address and personal info.
The latest allegations against Weinstein came as the Television Academy, responsible for the Emmy awards, announced it had expelled Weinstein for life. Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally.
Farrow said the "explicit goal of the investigations", was to "stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein".
Actress Rose McGowan - one of the first people to speak out against Weinstein - was among those who said she was targeted by Weinstein's gang of private investigators.
Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around autumn 2016, the magazine claims, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad.
One, dated July 11, 2017, and bearing Boies's signature, states that the project's "primary objectives" are 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" and 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.
At the same time, Boise was representing the New York Times.
Neither Hofmeister nor Boies immediately responded to requests for comment.
"We should not have been contracting with and paying investigators that we did not select and direct."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and producers guild has also revoked Weinstein's membership. McGowan's growing sense that she was being spied upon by operatives who initially struck her as friendly people deepened her sense of paranoia. According to the New Yorker report, Flip was actually a former member of the Israeli Defense Force working to gather information for Weinstein. "Everyone lied to me all the time", McGowan said of the past year. In the New Yorker piece, director Robert Rodriguez's ex-wife Elizabeth Avellan tells Farrow that one reporter called her repeatedly in order to get her to give "unflattering statements" about McGowan, whom Rodriguez had left her for.
It is recommended that English-speakers to read in full the report of this research, worthy of a spy thriller, which testify to the energy and are deployed by the nabob to prevent the testimony of many reach the ears of the public. "If evidence could be uncovered to convince The Times the charges should not be published, I did not believe, and do not believe, that that would be averse to The Times' interest", Boies told The New Yorker.