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Weinstein hired investigators to spy on his accusers

Harvey Weinstein at the 2014 Oscars show. Photo: Jordan Strauss / Invision via AP

In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein hired private security agencies to collect information about dozens of women and journalists seeking to expose the sexual assault and harassment allegations against him, per Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker.

The mission: "The explicit goal of the investigations, laid out in one contract with Black Cube, signed in July, was to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that eventually emerged in The New York Times and The New Yorker," writes Farrow. The agencies also compiled psychological profiles, some of which focused on the accusers' personal or sexual histories.