Unbelievable. Harvey Weinstein — who is embroiled in scandal after more than 80 women have accused the Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct — reportedly attempted to dig up dirt on his victims with the help of ex-spies and private detectives. According to a new report from the New Yorker, Harvey, 65, tried to protect his image by collecting incriminating information about those who he thought might speak out against him.
The report claims that Harvey paid private security agencies to collect info on Rose McGowan, Annabella Sciorra, Rosanna Arquette, and other actresses who were planning on going public with their allegations of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Harvey reportedly hired corporate-intelligence companies Kroll and Black Cube, which is mostly comprised of former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies. Two Black Cube employees — using false identities — reportedly contacted Rose, 44 (who has accused Harvey of rape, which he has vehemently denied) to extract information.
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Eventually, the actress caught on and explained her consequent feeling of paranoia with the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow. "It was like the movie Gaslight,” the Charmed alum said. "Everyone lied to me all the time.”
Harvey’s private investigators used a similar tactic to get information out of Annabella, 57. "It scared me,” the Italian-American beauty — who also alleged that Harvey raped her — told the New Yorker, "because I knew what it meant to be threatened by Harvey. I was in fear of him finding me.”
According to the New Yorker, Harvey also used journalists as pawns to help him get damaging info on the celebs he has allegedly acted inappropriate with. One of those journalists was American Media Inc.’s Dylan Howard — the editor-in-chief of The National Enquirer — who said he was willing to help Harvey because his publishing company once had a television deal with The Weinstein Company.
"To the extent I provided 'off the record' information to Mr. Weinstein about one of his accusers — at a time when Mr. Weinstein was denying any harassment of any woman — it was information which I would never have allowed AMI to publish on the internet or in its magazines,” Dylan told the New Yorker, after a leaked email from December 2016 allegedly showed that one of his reporters gathered information on Rose in an attempt to disprove her rape claims.
Despite his best efforts, Harvey’s career eventually came crumbling down last month after the New York Times published an exposé with on-the-record claims of sexual harassment from Ashley Judd. Since then, a multitude of A-listers — including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — have also come forward to share their own disturbing experiences with Harvey. Since then, Harvey has been fired from The Weinstein Company, and his wife, Georgina Chapman, has announced her decision to leave him after nearly 10 years of marriage.
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