Harvey Weinstein reportedly hired people to spy on his accusers

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David Boies, a prominent Democratic lawyer who represented former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, worked to suppress The New York Times' reporting on Weinstein while representing the paper in other matters, The New Yorker reported on Monday. Kantor was one of the reporters on the Times story back on October 5, alleging Weinstein reached confidential settlements with some harassment accusers over several decades.

Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around fall 2016, the magazine said, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad.

An "army of spies" tried to silence actresses and reporters making allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a report claims. He says the organization tasked a full-time agent, named "Anna", with digging up information on actresses and journalists.

McGowan was ensnared by the ruse after receiving an email in May 2017, which claimed to hail from literary agent "Diana Filip" - in actuality, a Black Cube agent.

A spokesperson for Weinstein told The New Yorker, "It is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time".

Weinstein also used several other private security firms to investigate those who threatened to expose him.

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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.

Boies' firm ultimately owed Black Cube $600,000 as part of a contract which outlined a project whose main goal was to "provide intelligence which will help the Client's efforts to completely stop the publication of a new negative article in a leading NY newspaper", according to The New Yorker. "Black Cube supports the work of many leading law firms around the world, especially in the USA, gathering evidence for complex legal processes, involving commercial disputes, among them uncovering negative campaigns".

The Black Cube investigator went on to meet with a journalist under the guise that they were a Harvey victim. One of those journalists was Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of America Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer. In one instance, the reporter spoke with Elizabeth Avellan, the ex-wife of director Robert Rodriguez. Weinstein also used journalists to dig up information on McGowan and had another firm find photos of Weinstein and his alleged victims to use against them in the press. "This is the killer. Especially if my fingerprints r not on this".

Avellan told Farrow that she would not have agreed to discredit McGowan if she knew that was the objective of the conversation.

More than anything, I hope these revelations put to rest this idea that women should "just speak up". "I wasn't interested. Women should stand together". "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". One subhead read "Past Lovers".

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