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.
Now another layer has emerged.
Chilling tale of Harvey Weinstein’s spies shows Ronan Farrow’s reporting chops — and compassion… https://t.co/nXCjUYOSPc— Mia Farrow (@Mia Farrow)1510087786.0
According to Farrow, Weinstein and his team, led by lawyer David Boies, set out to suppress allegations of sexual assault against the one-time movie mogul by collecting information on the women and journalists attempting to bring the story to light.
"This was elaborate & very expensive. Hundreds of thousands—all conducted in secrecy by very reputable law firms" https://t.co/kgdj0YMY5J— The Hollywood Reporter (@The Hollywood Reporter)1510083307.0
Farrow describes a system of stalking and intimidation that mirrors Cold War tactics.
The work he did on behalf of Harvey Weinstein will be a permanent black mark on David Boies's name.… https://t.co/gVq9xZweSv— The New Republic (@The New Republic)1510097437.0
This same investigator, who variously went by the name Diana Filip and Anna contacted Rose McGowen, Farrow himself, as well as another journalist working on the Weinstein allegations, Ben Wallace.
Tonight, the bravery of the women who broke the silence about Weinstein is clearer than ever.— Jodi Kantor (@Jodi Kantor)1510025329.0
Wallace had a similar reaction when he saw the picture. But sending investigators wasn't the only shady tactic Black Cube used on Weinstein's behalf.
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.
.@NewYorker reveals Harvey Weinstein had army of spies to silence accusers. https://t.co/a4eUW6Zh58— CBS News (@CBS News)1510098757.0