Harvey Weinstein's Attempts to Silence His Accusers Were Even More Depraved Than You Thought
An explosive New Yorker report from Ronan Farrow outlines a complicated network of private security and legal players Harvey Weinstein used to investigate his accusers and journalists, attempt to prevent damning stories from going public and, in the event the stories did go public, discredit the character of the accusers.
Weinstein's private security hires include two major firms, the significance of which Farrow explains in detail:
"According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies. Black Cube, which has branches in Tel Aviv, London, and Paris, offers its clients the skills of operatives 'highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units,' according to its literature."
Two separate individuals from Black Cube met with actress Rose McGowan using false identities and claiming to be women's advocates. (McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of rape.) A file on McGowan included sections such as “Lies/Exaggerations/Contradictions,” “Hypocrisy” and “Potential Negative Character [Witnesses].”
According to the report, Weinstein has also "used private security agencies to investigate reporters" for years.
Weinstein tried to keep his fingerprints off these private agencies by using law firms as go-betweens so he could benefit from attorney-client privilege.
McGowan says being targeted was akin to being in the movie Gaslight. “Everyone lied to me all the time.” She continued, “I’ve lived inside a mirrored fun house.”