A confessed spy admitted helping Harvey Weinstein secretly investigate 91 people as part of his sexual abuse case, including numerous “actors and actresses” such as rape accuser Rose McGowan.
Former member of the Israel Defense Forces, Seth Freedman, says he worked for the intelligence firm Black Cube to help the movie mogul panic investigate possible accusers he feared were ready to speak.
Weinstein wanted covert operations on just five people when he approached the secret firm in 2016, a number that exploded to 91, including “actors and actresses,” Freedman told the BBC.
Weinstein paid “a sum of seven figures” to Black Cube, who in return “gathered huge amounts of intelligence” for him, said Freedman London times.
The former journalist would later trick his subjects into giving them long interviews pretending he was still working for his old UK newspaper, The Guardian, he admitted.
After making them open, he would pass the often painfully personal details to Black Cube and, ultimately, to Weinstein, giving the producer a crucial warning of what might come to light, he said.
That included ex Charmed McGowan star, now 50, who gave Freedman a 75-minute telephone interview assuming it would lead to a great and sincere life story profile in The Guardian, he said.
McGowan admitted to Freedman during his conversation that he planned to break an agreement he signed with Weinstein to open details about his alleged violation in his future memoirs. Brave, interview tapes given to the BBC program.
The trick was at the center of a lawsuit that McGowan filed in the Federal Court of Los Angeles last October against Weinstein, two of his former lawyers and Black Cube.
“This case is about a diabolical and illegal effort by one of the most powerful men in the United States and their representatives to silence the victims of sexual assault,” his lawsuit claimed. The company’s role could also play a role in the current Weinstein violation trial.
Freedman did not apologize for his participation in the shady operations destroyed by his objective.
“I don’t feel guilty about anything I did for Black Cube,” he told the BBC.
“My job is to obtain information that is not available for free, and as long as it remains within the law, I am not worried about its ethics when judging me,” he insisted.
“I don’t need to sit down and look at the camera and say,” I am so guilty; I’m so sorry, because I am not. “
He insisted that “there was no intimidation, no silence, no harassment” in his work, and he said: “All those things would be illegal, and none of those things happened.”
He insisted that he didn’t owe McGowan an apology for tricking her into opening his painful accusations only to help the man he accuses of attacking her.
“I don’t care if people want to sit and lecture and say,” That’s horrible, she was a survivor. “I’m totally neutral about the whole thing,” Freedman told the BBC.
Such spy campaigns are now “the new normal” that Freedman insisted on in the United Kingdom. Times, saying that his work only appears marred by the subject.
“If McGowan had hired Black Cube to find out what Weinstein was saying about her, they would have been the heroes of the day,” he argued. “For my part, I would have done the same job for her as for Weinstein.”
The Briton said he served for 15 months in an Israeli Defense Forces combat unit before returning home to work for five years in The Guardian. His first contact with espionage came when he was hired by a shipping tycoon to investigate rival shipowners, he said.
After saying that he does spy work “case by case”, Freedman insisted that he no longer worked for Black Cube. “You have no idea if I tell the truth,” he said.
Weinstein is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape and one charge of criminal sexual act arising from the allegations of three women.
The selection of the jury began last week, and openings at the trial will begin on January 22.
If convicted, the former Hollywood producer, who now limps from side to side with a walker, faces life imprisonment.
This article originally appeared in The New York Post and was reproduced with permission.