Reports: Grand jury to weigh Harvey Weinstein charges
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - The Manhattan District Attorney's Office could bring its case against former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein before a grand jury next week, according to multiple reports.
The lawyer for the woman at the center of that case, which involves rape allegations, said he believes the case will be strong enough to obtain a conviction.
Shocking new details have emerged about the lengths to which Weinstein went to cover up his accusers' stories. He was so desperate to kill negative news stories detailing accusations of sexual harassment against him that he hired an "army of spies" to dig up dirt on his alleged victims and the journalists working the stories, according to a bombshell article by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker.
Weinstein, through his high-profile attorney David Boies, had contracts worth up to $600,000 with firms like Black Cube, which is run by former Israeli Mossad agents, Farrow reported. Black Cube was to gather information to help kill a negative article, believed to be the New York Times story that cracked open the sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, according to the contract.
The firm was also enlisted to get transcripts of a book being written by actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape. McGowan told the New Yorker she was contacted by a woman claiming to be a women's rights activist who wanted to invest in McGowan's production company. The actress believed her and met with her multiple times. But the woman was, in fact, a Black Cube agent who reportedly recorded their conversations.
That same woman also posed as a Weinstein accuser by the name of Anna and contacted reporters investigating Weinstein in an attempt to find out what they knew and who else was talking.
While it all seems shocking, like it could be straight out of one of Weinstein's own movies, the actions aren't necessarily illegal, according to criminal defense attorney Caroline Polisi. She said that lying about who you are is not a crime in certain circumstances though it may be morally reprehensible.
Boies, who no longer represents Weinstein, said he would have never knowingly participated in an effort to intimidate or silence women. He also said he wouldn't have been associated with the contract had he known what it was used for.
Weinstein's spokesperson denied the New Yorker report.