Harvey Weinstein used ex-Israeli spies to hush accusers, Farrow finds

Harvey Weinstein in 2010. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Ronan Farrow, in recent interviews, said he had more to say about Harvey Weinstein — especially how the disgraced mogul sought to protect his reputation.

On Monday, The New Yorker magazine revealed how Weinstein worked to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women.

“According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included 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,” Farrow wrote.

The goal of the investigations was to stop the publication of the allegations in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

Of special interest to Weinstein was Rose McGowan, a high-profile accuser.

The Hollywood mogul enlisted journalists to uncover information that he could use to undermine women with allegations.

“A December, 2016, e-mail exchange between Weinstein and Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, shows Howard sharing with Weinstein material obtained by one of his reporters, as part of an effort to help Weinstein disprove McGowan’s allegation of rape,” Farrow says.

But amid all the details and revelations, Farrow doesn’t explain why NBC apparently blocked broadcast of his original reporting. He ended up taking the report of harassment allegations to The New Yorker.

Other coverage and commentary:

Weinstein’s powerful lawyer David Boies signed a contract directing undercover agents to kill a @nytimes story as his firm repped the paper. pic.twitter.com/sIl8J7mU7B

— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) November 7, 2017

2. This is what Weinstein did to @rosemcgowan – the kind of psychological torture he inflicted on her. https://t.co/jgtJJXjz3x pic.twitter.com/vvKSsbVaeZ

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 7, 2017

Wild to think about what NBC threw away with the Trump tape and the Weinstein story

— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 7, 2017

Whoa. David Boies, of all people, was Weinstein’s lawyer. And this looks awful. pic.twitter.com/l0NDOmg42b

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) November 7, 2017

Weinstein basically followed the Scientology playbook, working to gather dirt on editors and reporters to quash their investigations of him.

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 7, 2017