Hold the Presses

“Two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met with the actress Rose McGowan, who eventually publicly accused Weinstein of rape, to extract information from her. One of the investigators pretended to be a women’s-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan. The same operative, using a different false identity and implying that she had an allegation against Weinstein, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press. In other cases, journalists directed by Weinstein or the private investigators interviewed women and reported back the details.” In a(nother) great piece of journalism, Ronan Farrow explains how Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists: Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies. This is a jaw-dropping story that serves as another reminder of how much courage it took for women to come forward — and for journalists to write the stories.

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