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Weinstein hired investigators, ex-intel agents to suppress misconduct allegations

Weinstein hired investigators, ex-intel agents to suppress misconduct allegations”

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

The disgraced Hollywood producer is under investigation for sexual assault after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual abuse.

Rose McGowan, a United States actor named in The New York Times expose that led to Weinstein's downfall, was reportedly visited by two of Weinstein's private investigators - one of whom posed as a women's rights activists.

In fact, "Diana Filip" was an alias for a former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces who originally hailed from Eastern Europe and was working for Black Cube, according to three individuals with knowledge of the situation.

During the first meeting, Filip offered McGowan $65,000 to speak at a gala event later that year.

Filip, according to the New Yorker, was actually a Black Cube employee who had also presented herself under false identities to Ben Wallace, a reporter at New York, and Jodi Kantor of the New York Times.

One of the firms Weinstein enlisted in this effort was Black Cube, which is loaded with former Mossad agents.

As detailed in a July contract, the objective of Black Cube's involvement with Weinstein was to stop the publication of sexual abuse allegations against the wealthy producer, according to the magazine.

The explicit goal of Weinstein's agreement with Black Cube, according to a written contract, was to "stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that eventually emerged", according to the report, which has yet to be independently confirmed by The Jerusalem Post (Ronan Farrow, who authored the piece, is one of the reporters who broke the original news that Weinstein had been accused of assaulting several women over the course of decades).

Lubell claimed she was "manipulated" into reaching out to the potential victims after Weinstein suggested she and Doyle Chambers write a book about "the old times, the heyday, of Miramax".

Nearly 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, including Ashley Judd, Lupita Nyong'o, Lena Headey, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne and Angelina Jolie.

Via a spokeswoman, Weinstein denied he tried to silence any allegations.



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