Ronan Farrow published a new piece on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and this should answer a lot of questions. Many people – even allies – sometimes wonder why it took so long for Weinstein’s victims to come forward, why more victims didn’t speak out publicly before now, why so many women still felt so intimidated and handcuffed within and by the Hollywood system. Here’s one answer: because when only a handful of women were thinking of speaking out, when only a couple of journalists were working to locate Weinstein’s victims, Harvey Weinstein hired a team of private security agents, former spies and ex-Mossad operatives to intimidate the victims, to gather information about the victims and to actually lie to victims in person. The same “private security” operatives also targeted the few journalists working on the Weinstein stories. You can read the latest New Yorker piece here. Here’s the intro:
In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women. He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations. According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is 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. Black Cube, which has branches in Tel Aviv, London, and Paris, offers its clients the skills of operatives “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units,” according to its literature.
Two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met with the actress Rose McGowan, who eventually publicly accused Weinstein of rape, to extract information from her. One of the investigators pretended to be a women’s-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan. The same operative, using a different false identity and implying that she had an allegation against Weinstein, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press. In other cases, journalists directed by Weinstein or the private investigators interviewed women and reported back the details.
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 …
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