Weinstein hired spies to silence accusers

Wednesday, 08 Nov, 2017

Meanwhile, Weinstein received a week of in-patient rehab treatment and now, well, now, it's been revealed that a woman has lied about an allegation.

The move follows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and producers guild's decision to revoke Weinstein's membership.

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

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

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.

Two Black Cube private eyes met with actress Rose McGowan - before she publicly accused Weinstein of raping her - to obtain information.

One pretended to be a women's-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan - and also, using a different identity, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press. McGowan's growing sense that she was being spied upon by operatives who initially struck her as friendly people deepened her sense of paranoia.

"It was like the movie Gaslight", McGowan told Farrow.

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". "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.

Weinstein's spokesman has previously said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

In a new exposé for The New Yorker, which was released on Monday evening, the 29-year-old journalist accused the disgraced producer of going through great lengths to cover up the many sexual misconduct allegations that circled Tinseltown. She got off the phone as quickly as possible. "If evidence could be uncovered to convince The Times the charges should not be published, I did not believe, and do not believe, that that would be averse to The Times' interest", Boies told The New Yorker. "And it scared me that Harvey was testing to see if I would talk".

Farrow's long-read is worth a read, because not only does it seem to show, once again, how Weinstein was fully aware of various women's allegations against him and therefore how badly he had treated them. The son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow published a new investigation in the New Yorker, which discusses the attempts of Harvey Weinstein to muzzle the media and victims attempted to address these abuses.

That's just one of the startling revelations in Ronan Farrow's latest New Yorker piece, which chronicles the Hollywood titan's elaborate effort to silence accusers and journalists through deception and intimidation.