Harvey Weinstein used ex-spies to try and silence Rose McGowan

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassing and assaulting numerous different women throughout his decades in Hollywood, reportedly contracted these security firms "to stop the publication of the abuse allegations", Farrow writes.

The report states that techniques and personnel provided by Black Cube for Weinstein included a project manager, intelligence analysts, an investigative journalist, linguists, and "Avatar Operators" specifically hired to create fake identities on social media, as well as "operations experts with extensive experience in social engineering".

The latest allegations against Weinstein came as the Television Academy, responsible for the Emmy awards, announced it had expelled Weinstein for life. Weinstein personally followed the progress of the investigation.

Two private investigators from the intelligence company Black Cube used false identities and met with McGowan, who eventually publicly accused Weinstein of rape, Farrow said.

According to The New Yorker, Weinstein hired private investigators from a firm called Black Cube, including individuals described as "ex-Mossad agents", who developed an elaborate ruse and background story to gain the confidence of McGowan.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a detailed piece in a leading USA publication, how Weinstein hired private security agencies, to retrieve information on women to stop the allegations from going public.

Farrow reveals that Weinstein hired firms like Kroll, "one of the world's largest corporate-intelligence companies" and Black Cube, "An enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies" which, "offers its clients the skills of operatives "highly experienced and trained in Israel's elite military and governmental intelligence units".

The New Yorker claims Boies had signed a contract demanding that Black Cube seek to uncover information to stop the publication of a New York Times story about Weinstein's sexual abuse when his firm was also representing the Times in a libel case.

Last night, it was announced that Weinstein has received a lifetime ban from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

His representative Sallie Hofmeister did not immediately return an email seeking comment. Farrow appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday to discuss his latest New Yorker piece and what he calls "an worldwide campaign" on behalf of Weinstein to keep his accusers from coming forward. "Everyone lied to me all the time", McGowan said of the past year. He denies any conflict of interest. "As I've told Sharon, Weinstein was a frequent complainer".

Boies told the magazine "it was a mistake" to have been involved with the investigators. "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.

Almost 80 women have since accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, misconduct, and rape, and he is now the subject of criminal investigations in cities including Los Angeles and NY.

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.

  • Kyle Peterson