Harvey Weinstein, former Hollywood producer, turned global pariah, reportedly used the services of private security firm Black Cube, an Israeli firm made up of ex-Israeli intelligence agents, to stalk and gather intelligence on his accusers prior to the New York Times' publication of accusations against him.
In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women. He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations. According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is 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.
The private spies used false identities to gain the confidence of accusers. This story focuses on Rose McGowan.
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.
Weinstein monitored the intelligence operating directly.
Over the course of a year, Weinstein had the agencies “target,” or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focussed on their personal or sexual histories. Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally.
David Boies, a well known lawyer who argued Bush v. Gore before the U.S. Supreme Court, admitted to helping Weinstein in his scheme.
Boies personally signed the contract directing Black Cube to attempt to uncover information that would stop the publication of a Times story about Weinstein’s abuses, while his firm was also representing the Times, including in a libel case. Boies confirmed that his firm contracted with and paid two of the agencies and that investigators from one of them sent him reports, which were then passed on to Weinstein.