The Harvey Weinstein scandal took another strange turn today with the revelation in a new piece in the New Yorker that the disgraced studio mogul employed private investigators to spy on his accusers and keep tabs on reporters investigating his past.
Weinstein apparently hired Black Cube, a firm run by former Mossad agents, to collect information on Rose McGowan who has accused Weinstein of rape. Undercover agents, one of whom posed as a women’s rights activist, met with McGowan and obtained information on her forthcoming book.
Weinstein also hired corporate security firm Kroll in an effort to block stories in the New Yorker and the New York Times detailing decades of allegations of sexual misconduct.
The story highlights the role of David Boies who allegedly oversaw much of the spying effort and tells the outlet that the arrangement was a “mistake.” In response to the article, Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister slammed the publication saying it was “trafficking in inaccuracies and wild conspiracy theories”.
The piece was published yesterday, just as the Television Academy permanently banished Weinstein from their association following multiple allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape against him.