A terrifying expose alleged that Harvey Weinstein used an 'army of spies' to dig up dirt on the actresses and journalists he feared would expose him.
Ronan Farrow, whose previous report forThe New Yorker unearthed decades of sexual abuse allegations against the powerful Hollywood producer, has revealed the frightening lengths to which Weinstein went to silence his accusers.
The Miramax producer hired Black Cube, run by former Israeli intelligence officers of Mossad, and Kroll, the biggest global corporate-intelligence firm, to gather details about the personal lives and sex histories of dozens of actresses and journalists in a bid to undermine their claims and intimidate them into keeping quiet.
A terrifying expose alleged that Harvey Weinstein (right) used an 'army of spies' to dig up dirt on the actresses and journalists he feared would expose him, including actress Rose McGowan (left)
The Miramax producer hired Black Cube, run by former Israeli intelligence officers of Mossad
He also hired Kroll, the biggest global corporate-intelligence firm, to gather details about the personal lives and sex histories of dozens of actresses and journalists
The crazy lengths to which Weinstein went to silence his accusersHired Black Cube, run by former Israeli intelligence officers of Mossad, and Kroll, the biggest global corporate-intelligence firm Invoices revealed he agreed to pay $600,000 for information that would stop the press publishing allegations of rape, abuse or harassment against Weinstein One corporate intelligence agent posed as a woman's right activist to lull actress Rose McGowan into discussing her claims against Weinstein. The same agent also spoke to reporters to try and find out their sources. Weinstein or the agencies also hired their own journalists to interview accusers and alleged victims to find out what their claims against him were. Agents went through journalists' personal lives, even profiling their ex-wives, to try and find information to discredit them. Weinstein allegedly tricked an ex-employee into revealing a list of her old colleagues who would be open to contributing to a book about the 'good old days' at Miramax. When she provided the list, he forced her to call them in front of him to see who had spoken to the press. The producer conducted much of his investigations with his secret intelligence agencies through his lawyers so they'd be protected by attorney-client privilege.
Weinstein also used several other private security firms including the Los Angeles-based agency PSOPS.
The agencies deployed secret operatives to 'target' stars such as Rose McGowan, who would later become Weinstein's most vocal accuser, Rowan reports.
One agent even posed as a woman's right activist to lull McGowan into discussing her claims.
David Boies, chairman of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, (left) signed the contract for Black Cube while Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of American Media Inc., (right) provided information 'obtained by one of his reporters, as part of an effort to help Weinstein disprove McGowan's allegation of rape'
Left to right: Michael Elliott, Harvey Weinstein and David Boies attend the TIME 100 GALA
The same female operative, under the alias Diana Filip - the deputy head of an apparently fake London-based wealth-management firm Reuben Capital Partners, also met with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press.
'The explicit goal of the investigations, laid out in one contract with Black Cube, signed in July, was to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that eventually emerged in the New York Times and The New Yorker,' Farrow said.
Over the course of twelve months, Weinstein had the agencies compile psychological profiles on dozens of targets that often focused on their personal or sexual histories.
One such profile focused on actress Rosanna Arquette, an accuser in a recent piece for The New Yorker, which her posts on social media, including ones about sexual abuse, her family history with molestation and sexual assault, and her apparent friendship with McGowan.
Targets? Adam Moss, the editor-in-chief of New York Magazine, and New York Times reporter Benjamin Wallace
The agents even spoke to the ex wives of certain journalists who were working on stories about Weinstein in a bid to undermine them.
The producer hired the intelligence agencies through his law firm so the investigations would be covered by attorney-client privilege. Those services ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars according to one invoice that was submitted for $600,000.
At least one contract with an intelligence agency was signed by David Boies, attorney for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential-election controversy.
'Boies personally signed the contract directing Black Cube to attempt to