An article by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker has uncovered how Harvey Weinstein mobilised a network of professional spies in order to track and intimidate actors and journalists who had information about him sexually harassing and assaulting women.
Farrow reveals that Weinstein hired firms like Kroll, "one of the world's largest corporate-intelligence companies" and Black Cube, "An enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies" which, "offers its clients the skills of operatives "highly experienced and trained in Israel's elite military and governmental intelligence units."
The article goes onto describe the shocking lengths that Weinstein went to suppress voices who might speak out against him.
With the explicit goal of preventing allegations reaching the press, Weinstein had agents set up meetings with people who may uncover him. One of which was Rose McGowan who went on to accuse Weinstein of rape and was instrumental in exposing him. Farrow repots that, "One of the investigators pretended to be a women's-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan."
One operative who used the name 'Filip' continued contact with McGowan even after Farrow's original story on Weinstein broke."On October 10th, the day The New Yorker published my story about Weinstein, Filip reached out to McGowan in an e-mail. "Hi Love," she wrote. "How are you feeling? . . . Just wanted to tell you how brave I think you are." She signed off with an "xx." Filip e-mailed McGowan as recently as October 23rd."
Women, including Asia Argento who has accused Weinstein of rape, have pointed out how his terrifying tactics should prove how difficult it was for women to come forward and how much their bravery should be recognised.