Weinstein ‘hired ex-spies to target his accusers’

Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators to meet with journalists and track down his accusers to thwart media reports of his alleged sex offences, his rape trial has heard.

The 67-year-old Hollywood producer hired Black Cube – a firm founded by former intelligence analysts from the Israel Defence Forces – in 2017, as reporters from The New Yorker and The New York Times were looking into his behaviour with women, the court heard.

The articles, published in October 2017, ushered in the #MeToo movement as scores more women came forward with allegations against Weinstein and other prominent figures in industries from Hollywood to Wall Street.

Dev Sen
Image:Corporate lawyer Dev Sen said his firm signed a contract with Black Cube on behalf of Weinstein

Details of the Black Cube deal were given in court by Dev Sen, a corporate lawyer at Boies Schiller Flexner, who said the firm signed a contract with the private investigators on behalf of Weinstein.

The jury of seven men and five women were shown an email from the movie mogul to someone at Black Cube which read: “Red flags are the ones of interest.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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