Harvey Weinstein Hired Israeli Security Agency To Collect Information On His Accusers
08 November, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Julio Duncan
"To the extent I provided "off the record" information to Mr. Weinstein about one of his accusers - at a time when Mr. Weinstein was denying any harassment of any woman - it was information which I would never have allowed AMI to publish on the internet or in its magazines".
Their statement read: "After a hearing today, the Television Academy's governance has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life".
The contract Weinstein signed with Black Cube explicitly stated the agency's mission - which it chose to accept - was to stop publication of the abuse allegations. They also reportedly tried, in this guise, to befriend the actress Rose McGowan, who has said that Weinstein raped her.
According to documents seen by the New Yorker, Weinstein hired several private security firms including one called Black Cube, "run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies" in 2016.
In a detailed report for The New Yorker magazine titled "Harvey Weinstein's Army of Spies", Farrow describes the sinister and elaborate plan that concocted by the producer to try and silence his accusers and to stop their stories from being released.
Former Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein hired private firms staffed by former intelligence operatives to investigate and squash allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Later on, however, Rowan discovered that "Diana Filip" was apparently an alias for a former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces who was now working for Black Cube, and had been tasked with extracting information from McGowan in relation to Weinstein.
Neither Hofmeister nor Boies immediately responded to requests for comment.
Last night, it was announced that Weinstein has received a lifetime ban from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Farrow appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday to discuss his latest New Yorker piece and what he calls "an global campaign" on behalf of Weinstein to keep his accusers from coming forward. "We should not have been contracting with and paying investigators that we did not select and direct", he said.
I asked Boies directly whether he hired investigators to impede the Times in 2004, as he did this year.
Howard didn't deny sharing "off-the-record" information with Weinstein, telling Farrow he did so to protect the interests of his company, which had a television production agreement with Weinstein.
"Some of it [is] very, very troubling and some of it, I think, [is] checking out", he said.
"I always separated those two roles carefully and completely-and resisted Mr. Weinstein's repeated efforts to have AMI titles publish favorable stories about him or negative articles about his accusers".
One firm, Black Cube, used undercover private investigators to seek out those with allegations against Weinstein and, before they went public with them, attempt to create relationships and extract information in secretly taped conversations, to then deliver to Weinstein.
In a Good Morning America interview Tuesday, Farrow told GMA anchors George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts that there is a "seismic shift" happening in Hollywood with more victims coming forward.
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