Harvey Weinstein had 'army of spies' to thwart sex assault claims

Kelvin Reese
November 8, 2017

Waxman has reported that Weinstein and Boies met with top editors at the Times in 2004, perhaps to pressure the paper to spike her story.

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. 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.

The New Yorker released the expose on 6 November (Monday), documenting how Weinstein used one of the world's largest corporate-intelligence companies, American-based Kroll along with Israeli firm Black Cube to prevent the allegations from being exposed.

The report claims that on Black Cube operative, posing as a private equity investor launching an initiative to combat discrimination against women in the workplace, reached out to one accuser, actress Rose McGowan, offering her money to speak at a conference.

The report also includes the names of some of the private investigators hired by Weinstein such as Jack Palladino, the attorney who represented R. Kelly when the singer was charged with videotaping himself having sex with an underage teenager.

His representative Sallie Hofmeister did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Last night, it was announced that Weinstein has received a lifetime ban from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Meanwhile, industry publication Variety said the Television Academy has voted to permanently expel Weinstein.

This time around, Farrow's focus is on the powerful agencies and investigators Weinstein hired to gather information not only on his accusers, but also on the journalists who were preparing reports about Weinstein's alleged behavior. McGowan's growing sense that she was being spied upon by operatives who initially struck her as friendly people deepened her sense of paranoia. Hopefully, anyone who still doubts the existence of these forces will read the New Yorker report and learn how they do their devastating work.

I asked Boies directly whether he hired investigators to impede the Times in 2004, as he did this year. Boies told the New Yorker that he did not believe the two responsibilities represented a conflict of interest, as he did not "select the firms or direct the investigators' work".

Weinstein's spokesperson denied that "any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time".

"Some of it [is] very, very troubling and some of it, I think, [is] checking out", he said.

Ultimately, despite a year of expensive, concerted effort, Weinstein's campaign to track and silence his accusers failed. 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.

Once again, it is Ronan Farrow, who was one of the first to publish via the New Yorker a detailed investigation about the actions of the producer, which outputs an impressive article.

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