Weinstein also used other journalists to mine for information, as well as former work colleagues, who had no idea they were part of Weinstein's dirty tactics.
One former Weinstein staffer, Pamela Lubell, describes being told by Weinstein that he wanted her to do a book on the glory days of Miramax, but she had to call everyone she knew first. She quickly realized the calls weren’t innocent.
“‘It got kind of intense,’ Lubell recalled. ‘We didn’t know these people, and all of a sudden this was something very different from what we signed up for.'” Several of the targeted women said that they felt the calls they received from Lubell and Doyle Chambers, and from Weinstein himself, were frightening.”
Lubell says that she hasn't slept since the allegations came out, and that she had no idea he was a predator. She also wonders why she hadn't suspected sooner.
But then, it seems, a lot of people weren’t aware of the depths of Weinstein’s nefariousness. He reportedly paid up to $600,000 to stalk and intimidate his victims, who themselves didn’t know the depths to which he’d sunk.
McGowan agrees. “It was like the movie ‘Gaslight… Everyone lied to me all the time… I’ve lived inside a mirrored fun house.”