Here are the major takeaways from the New Yorker’s latest Harvey Weinstein article.
A new article in the New Yorker offers evidence that former Hollywood mega-mogul Harvey Weinstein hired private detectives and spy firms to compile discrediting dossiers on those he feared would expose his pattern of sexual abuse to the public.
In his latest article, Ronan Farrow — the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, who also wrote the New Yorker’s first major Weinstein exposé earlier this month — says he’s seen documents proving that Weinstein hired operatives from corporate intelligence firm Kroll and from Black Cube, an intelligence agency reportedly staffed by former members of Israeli intelligence services. Weinstein also reportedly worked with tabloid journalists, reporters, and major lawyers behind the scenes.
According to Farrow, these operatives and journalists were instructed to infiltrate the lives of those Weinstein feared would speak out against him, and to develop a file of incriminating material that Weinstein could strategically leak to the public if necessary. Farrow says that Weinstein was specifically targeting the stories in the New York Times and the New Yorker that would ultimately ruin his reputation.
To a certain extent, the new report fits with the information about Weinstein that was already public. Multiple journalists have already said that Weinstein put pressure on their publications to follow his preferred narrative: Former New York Times journalist Sharon Waxman says that when she pursued a story on the Weinstein rumors, Weinstein had multiple famous friends call her in support of him, and Weinstein himself visited the newsroom “to make his displeasure known,” until her story was stripped of all incriminating evidence and buried. Tina Brown says that when she edited Weinstein-owned magazine Talk, “aborting the pieces Harvey assigned on his nightly trolling from reporters Read More Here