There's another deep and disturbing twist in the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, following an explosive new report published by Ronan Farrow (son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen) in The New Yorker that alleges that the disgraced Hollywood executive hired private investigators, including some with intelligence agency backgrounds, and investigative journalists to trick some of his would-be accusers, including Rose McGowan and reporters like Farrow, into sharing what they planned to go public with — and intimidating them into silence.
The article details years of undercover information-gathering surrounding women who Weinstein has allegedly sexually harrassed or assaulted. McGowan told Farrow that her encounters with an alleged Weinstein-hired operative have made her distressed and paranoid.
“It was like the movie ‘Gaslight,’” she said. “Everyone lied to me all the time.” She admitted that for the past year, she's felt like she's "lived inside a mirrored fun house.”
Anthony Bourdain, who has been vigorously defending his girlfriend (actress Asia Argento) on social media after she came forward with allegations of rape by Weinstein, is among the many who have Tweeted praise of Farrow's reporting.
Above all, the article illuminates the bravery of those women who have spoken out despite the almost militaristic pressures that Weinstein allegedly applied.
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