Harvey Weinstein Paid Upwards of $600,000 to Spy on and Silence His Victims

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The Harvey Weinstein scandal just keeps growing. A mere month after the once-prominent Hollywood producer was accused of sexually assaulting up to 100 women, the fallout has touched multiple industries and created a cascading effect. Prominent men from publishing to film and TV to the restaurant industry have been outed as sexual abusers and toppled from their positions of power and influence.

For Weinstein himself, the aftermath has been dire. He has lost his company, his once unquestionable domination of the Hollywood food chain, and police departments in multiple countries are looking into the allegations.

On Monday, Ronan Farrow, one of the journalists that broke the Weinstein story, published an article in the New Yorker detailing the lengths to which Weinstein went to ensure that his accusers remained silent.

Two of the most prominent private security firms Weinstein hired were Kroll and Black Cube. Farrow explains that “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 investigator pretended to be a woman’s rights activist even up to October 23 of this year, well after the allegations against Weinstein were made public. In fact, she was an employee of Black Cube and a former officer of the Israeli Defense Forces. When Farrow sent McGowen a picture of the investigator via email, she immediately recognized her. “Oh my God,” Farrow says she wrote back. “Reuben Capital. Diana Filip. No fucking way.”

According to Farrow, “Black Cube also agreed to hire “an investigative journalist, as per the Client request,” who would be required to conduct ten interviews a month for four months and be paid forty thousand dollars.” McGowen and other actresses including Annabelle Sciorra, who accused Weinstein of rape, subsequently received calls. “It scared me that Harvey was testing to see if I would talk,” Sciorra said. But that wasn’t all…

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.”

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.”