Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators to track actresses, journalists, report says

Harvey Weinstein allegedly hired ex-spies to gather information on his informers

The contract Weinstein signed with Black Cube explicitly stated the agency's mission - which it chose to accept - was to stop publication of the abuse allegations.

Just past year, Weinstein allegedly sought to suppress allegations of sexual harassment from numerous women by hiring former spies to contact his accusers, dig for information, then use that information to shame and discredit them, reports Ronan Farrow, who broke the wide-ranging scandal in The New Yorker.

The Black Cube investigator went on to meet with a journalist under the guise that they were a Harvey victim. The expulsion from the National TV Academy is the latest honor Weinstein has lost.

The move follows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and producers guild's decision to revoke Weinstein's membership.

Neither Hofmeister nor Boies immediately responded to requests for comment.

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Meanwhile, industry publication Variety said the Television Academy has voted to permanently expel Weinstein.

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.

According to the investigation, Black Cube, which describes itself as "a select group of veterans from the Israeli elite intelligence", repeatedly fished for information on actress Rose McGowan, who publicly accused Weinstein of rape. Farrow repots that, "One of the investigators pretended to be a women's-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan". McGowan's growing sense that she was being spied upon by operatives who initially struck her as friendly people deepened her sense of paranoia. "Everyone lied to me all the time", McGowan said of the past year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a detailed piece in a leading USA publication, how Weinstein hired private security agencies, to retrieve information on women to stop the allegations from going public. Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of American Media Inc. The actress later accused Weinstein of rape, in spite of the non-disclosure agreement in the settlement. He denies any conflict of interest. Howard told Farrow that he needed to seek out, but not publish, "information about people who Weinstein insisted were making false claims against him".

Weinstein's spokesperson denied that "any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time".

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After McGowan told the woman that she was talking to Farrow for the New Yorker article, Filip called the reporter. She got off the phone as quickly as possible.

More than anything, I hope these revelations put to rest this idea that women should "just speak up".

In a Good Morning America interview Tuesday, Farrow told GMA anchors George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts that there is a "seismic shift" happening in Hollywood with more victims coming forward.

On Monday night, The New Yorker did something you may not have thought possible: It published another astonishing story about disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Farrow has since appeared on television to break down the "international campaign" Weinstein engaged in to silence his accusers.

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