In the midst of massive uncovering of Hollywood sexual scandals, a new story comes to light. One of the alleged offenders, Harvey Weinstein, reportedly hired professional private investigators to spy on Rose McGowan, other accusers, and journalists to prevent them from revealing the news.
An in-depth investigative report from The New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow reveals that Harvey Weinstein hired a group of private detectives to collect information on actresses, including Rose McGowan. Weinstein also collected information from journalists as well. The former top producer in Hollywood planned to use the information to suppress people whom he feared would expose him.
Harvey Weinstein was reported to hire two international investigation firms, Kroll and Black Cube to spy on those people since fall 2016. Both of the agencies are very famous in the field of corporate intelligence and private investigation. Black Cube is the firm operated by ex-officers of Mossad with offices in Tel Aviv, London, and Paris. While Kroll is one of the largest international investigation firms.
During the data gathering on Rose McGowan, Black Cube allegedly sent its operative to extract information from the actress. The investigator pretended to be a women’s rights advocate, who identified herself as Diana Filip. She sent an email to the 44-year-old actress and requested to meet. She claimed to be the executive of a London-based wealth management firm, who intended to launch an initiative to fight discrimination against women in the workplace.
The investigator offered Rose McGowan a fee of $60,000 to speak at the initiative. As an outspoken women’s rights advocate, McGowan welcomed her. They met for the first time at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in May 2017. They also had three other meetings in Los Angeles and New York. From those meetings, Harvey Weinstein was able to extract sufficient information and dirt on Rose McGowan.
Harvey Weinstein is reported to be willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out information from his potential accusers. Through his lawyers, Boies Schiller Flexner, Weinstein had paid a huge amount of money to probe such information.
In the document obtained by Ronan Farrow, Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer signed a contract with Black Cube in October 2016. The record also showed that Boies Schiller Flexner wired a payment for the first invoice in the total amount of $600,000. Subsequently, there were also other contracts.
Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson, Sallie Hofmeister, has denied the report. She said that the report was false, fictional, and a wild conspiracy theory against Weinstein.
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