Weinstein hired private investigators to target accusers


Harvey Weinstein hired a company run by former intelligence officers to gather information about his accusers and prevent their stories alleging sexual misconduct from going public, according to a new report.

Harvey Weinstein, the embattled former studio head who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct, hired elite private investigators run by former intelligence officers to gather information about his accusers and prevent them from going public.

According to journalist Ronan Farrow, who appeared Tuesday on ABC's 'Good Morning America' to discuss his latest piece in The New Yorker about Weinstein's use of a company called Black Cube, called Weinstein's efforts "an international campaign" to silence his accusers and any reporters who were working on a related story.
"This was elaborate and expensive," said Farrow," as reported by ABC News. "This was all conducted in secrecy I think the story makes clear that they were focusing on everyone trying to get word out about this."

Weinstein has denied the new report.

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

Weinstein hired Black Cube to target one of his most vocal accusers, Rose McGowan, according to Farrow. This was confirmed to ABC News by another source familiar with events, who said Black Cube also surreptitiously got hold of part of McGowan's upcoming memoir.

"Black Cube was hired to find out about the people who were launching a campaign against Harvey Weinstein. Shareholders, partners, journalists and Rose McGowan," the source said, adding that Black Cube ended the contract in July.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

"Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances," his spokeswoman said. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual."

The spokeswoman added that Weinstein has begun counseling "and is pursuing a better path.



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