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Harvey Weinstein Hired an Army of Spies to Hide His Sexual Misconduct, Basically Only Fooled Rose McGowan

What do you do if you’re one of the most successful movie producers in the world but the New York Times is about to publish a story on how you’ve been harassing and assaulting women and shrubberies left and right for the last 30 years? If you’re Harvey Weinstein, you hire a bunch of former Mossad guys to put the kibosh on it like you’re some sort of Jewish Vladimir Putin.

Ronan Farrow, who left an MSNBC show that got fewer viewers than he has siblings to become a journalist, broke the story of how Weinstein hired an army of spies to discredit and threaten anyone who might speak out against him and squash the article that eventually ran in The New Yorker.

In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women. He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations. According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies. Black Cube, which has branches in Tel Aviv, London, and Paris, offers its clients the skills of operatives “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units,” according to its literature.

Jesus Christ, the spy agency is called Black Cube. That definitely sounds like something that would be run by Ernst Blofeld. “Hello, Mr. Bond. This is Black Cube. You have 12 hours to comply with our demands or we will destroy Wyoming!”

I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus here, other than Harvey Weinstein that is, but it seems like everyone approached by Black Cube operatives other than Rose McGowan saw through them pretty quickly.

Filip told McGowan that she was launching an initiative to combat discrimination against women in the workplace, and asked McGowan, a vocal women’s-rights advocate, to speak at a gala kickoff event later that year. Filip offered McGowan a fee of sixty thousand dollars. “I understand that we have a lot in common,” Filip wrote to McGowan before their first meeting, in May, at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Filip had a U.K. cell-phone number, and she spoke with what McGowan took to be a German accent. Over the following months, the two women met at least three more times at hotel bars in Los Angeles and New York and other locations.

McGowan didn’t realize what the game was until Ronan Farrow showed her pictures of a Black Cube undercover operative that she recognized as Filip. But here’s how Ronan Farrow describes his interaction with her.

A week later, I received an e-mail from Filip asking for a meeting and suggesting that I join her campaign to end professional discrimination against women. “I am very impressed with your work as a male advocate for gender equality, and believe that you would make an invaluable addition to our activities,” she wrote, using her wealth-management firm’s e-mail address. Unsure of who she was, I did not respond.

She met with Ben Wallace as a woman named Anna claiming to have been a victim of Weinstein. Here’s how he described her.

During their second meeting, Anna requested that they sit close together, leading Wallace to suspect that she might be recording the exchange. When she recounted her experiences with Weinstein, Wallace said, “it seemed like soap-opera acting.”

Another Black Cube operative, posing as a freelance journalist, had a lengthy conversation with McGowan about Weinstein. But McGowan wasn’t the only one he called.

He contacted at least two other women with allegations against Weinstein, including the actress Annabella Sciorra, who later went public in The New Yorker with a rape allegation against Weinstein. Sciorra, whom he called in August, said that she found the conversation suspicious and got off the phone as quickly as possible. “It struck me as B.S.,” she told me. “And it scared me that Harvey was testing to see if I would talk.”

They don’t seem all that great at their job as spies, considering they’re ex-Mossad. Maybe Weinstein was a low-priority client and Black Cube sent their equivalent of Cyril Figgis to handle his case while Archer, Lana and Ray did real jobs. McGowan should have more suspicious, though. Who wants a headlining speaker for their event and makes Rose McGowan their first choice. How does that conversation even go? “You know who would be perfect? That actress from Charmed! No, not that one. No, not her, either, are you kidding, we can’t afford her. No, no, not her either, the one who replaced her. Yeah, that’s just who we need, what was her name? That’s right, Rose McGowan!”

Still, the villain of the piece is Weinstein. And he’s gone from a real world sexual harasser villain to a cartoonish movie super-villain, all to avoid goofing off in famous rapist day-care.

Rose McGowan Being Silenced Or Forgot Her Drugs

Rose McGowan is in the thick of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and now there’s a warrant out for her arrest. Coincidence? Or is this retaliation for being so vocal about Harvey raping her? Maybe a little of column A and a little of column B.

The arrest warrant was issued over a felony drug possession charge from January. Police say they found traces of narcotics on items she left behind on a United flight that day. They would not reveal what type of narcotics they were. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department obtained a warrant over the charges on Feb. 1.

Rose McGowan, of course, is questioning these charges.

She believes it to be a conspiracy.

There’s one woman for every day of the 4 decades Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted women so I’m not sure what silencing Rose McGowan is going to do for them. Scare victims by showing they can get to anyone? Oh, yea, real scary. Have you ever had to deal with one pissed off woman? Now imagine 14,600 pissed off women. If I was Hollywood, I’d cut my losses and push Harvey out of an airplane. Uh, metaphorically, of course.

Rose McGowan Explicitly Says Harvey Weinstein Raped Her

Rose McGowan is back on Twitter after her suspension and she’s done mincing words about Harvey Weinstein. The actress started throwing bombs at Amazon over their involvement in two television shows with The Weinstein Company, and she flat-out says she was raped by Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan also says Amazon dropped out of a project with her after she repeatedly pressured them not to work with The Weinstein Company, which, let’s be honest, until last Thursday if you had to choose between working with Rose McGowan or the Weinsteins, you’d have to have had brain damage to choose McGowan, though things certainly look different this week.

According to the original New York Times piece on Weinstein, McGowan took a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in 1997, which presumably involved an NDA. This presumably leaves the door open for Harvey Weinstein to sue her, just in case he wants the public to hate him even more than they already do.

McGowan also accused Amazon of winning a “dirty Oscar.” Amazon has won three Oscars, two for Manchester By The Sea and one for The Salesman, and neither film involved The Weinstein Company. McGowan’s accusation here makes no sense unless she’s claiming that either working with The Weinstein Company taints everything Amazon does or that the Oscars are somehow rigged and Harvey Weinstein gave them an Oscar for working with him, which is not how Oscars work.

In seemingly separate but probably very related news, Amazon Studios head Roy Price was suspended after The Hollywood Reporter broke a story that he had been accused of sexual harassment by Isa Hackett, a producer for Amazon series The Man in the High Tower, which is based on a novel written by Hackett’s father.

Of course, Jeff Bezos was already unhappy with Roy Price’s failure to deliver a hit show to put Amazon’s streaming service on the map. While Price had specifically mentioned HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s original programming also started strong with back to back hits in House of Cards and Orange is the New Black in 2013. While Hulu has built its brand on next-day access to ABC, NBC and Fox shows, they’ve finally had a massive hit in The Handmaid’s Tale.

The closest thing Amazon has produced is The Man in the High Tower, which hasn’t had the same cultural impact. I think Price was rightfully suspended, but I can’t help but wonder if he still would have been if he had been better at his job.

There’s a Rose McGowan Sex Tape That Leaked

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Guys. Did you know that if you search for “Rose McGowan Sex Tape” you’ll see a video purportedly of Rose McGowan stuffing a penis down her throat? The leak is actually 2 or 3 videos spliced together showing what looks to be Rose McGowan doing that among other things.

Her reps have been contacted but have yet to release a statement. Though I imagine any statement would be along the lines of, “Who gives a shit?” The video sucks. It’s about 10 seconds of action until someone bumps the camera and aims it at the ceiling. I could make a better sex tape with claymation. Scrambled Skinemax is hotter than this.

Who Raped Rose McGowan?

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Donald Trump’s recent sexual assault allegations led to #WhyWomenDontReport blowing up on Twitter. So many women wrote about what stopped them from reporting their own sexual attacks. Rose McGowan also jumped in with her own allegations of rape by a Hollywood exec. Heavy.

That second tweet, “Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution”, obviously gets the guessing game started.

But we’re not gonna play that game.

In unrelated, retrospective film news, did you know Rose McGowan once had an affair with Robert Rodriguez? Rodriguez directed Grindhouse, which starred McGowan. From WWTDD:

“It was the worst-kept secret on the set. They were going off to his trailer, having meals together.  Rose thought some of the crew were treating her differently, and the attitude was, like, well what do you expect when you’re [bleeping] the director?”

The two would later go on to date. Also, Grindhouse was released by Weinstein Co., headed up by Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

Hey, did you know Harvey Weinstein groped an Italian model during a business meeting last year? From the Daily News:

Cops set up a controlled phone call with Harvey Weinstein and his 22-year-old accuser [Ambra Battilana] and — given the chance — he didn’t deny touching the Italian model…

Here’s Battilana’s story:

Battilana told authorities she was invited to stop by Weinstein’s Tribeca office for a meeting after they crossed paths Thursday night on the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall. But once she arrived at his third-floor office on Greenwich St. on Friday, she claims Weinstein asked if her breasts were real before groping Battilana’s chest and slipping a hand under her skirt…

Hey, did you know there have been a ton of rumors about Weinstein and his predatory ways? There’s a fascinating read here at Defamer. Sounds like this guy has the crustiest casting couch in Hollywood.

Check out this Lainey Gossip (via Blind Gossip) tidbit from 2009:

It was mystifying several years ago why she was hyped the way she was hyped. Just another starlet with no real significant starring vehicles somehow ending up with a prestigious magazine cover proclaiming her as the next It. Well It never happened. And after all this time and a string of failures, she’s been trying to change the course. So she’s gone back to the major player who tried to make it happen for her the first time. There was an arrangement back then – her sexual services for his professional services – and apparently the same arrangement was resurrected recently in the hopes that she’ll finally confirm a juicy role to kickstart a stagnant career.

One day late summer, they were joined in a hotel suite by a third gentleman (identity insignificant), both of them enjoying her as she allowed herself to be taken, and, um, decorated appropriately, all for a reward at the end of the session – the privilege of simply looking at a script, no promise, no confirmation…just an advance read. And a suggestion to show up at a premiere for a few introductions. She is so desperate, it’s been so meagre, she submitted to the humiliation although gamely seems to have enjoyed it. An actor after all, obviously able to shut out her husband and child waiting for her back at home.

And then he just cut it off. Told her he could no longer help her. That her body in his bed was no longer required. Which of course only added to her degradation. She tried and tried to offer up more, willing to engage in further depravity, but was only met with rejection. Because he’s moved on. He’s hunting his next target. A young, nubile, blonde babe with a large profile and a perky rack who so far has been able to resist his advances but is trying to graduate from supporting roles in film, as the fact that she’s a headliner on the small screen has not helped with the quality of scripts she’s being offered, or with many of her auditions so far. She’s currently waiting on a big break and he’s trying to make sure it doesn’t happen, so that in her disappointment, she’ll come running to him, ready to wheel and deal.

The comments guessed Gretchen Mol as the It girl and Blake Lively as the nubile, blonde babe willing to take her place. If Mol was banging Weinstein for a chance, a mere chance, to read a script, then she’s a really poor, naive negotiator. Gretchen Mol’s a 44-year-old Hollywood actress now getting small parts. She’s not an It girl anymore. And one day, Blake Lively will be a 44-year-old once popular It girl who allegedly banged for parts.

Where’s Judd Apatow’s rage about Harvey Weinstein? Apatow raged against Bill Cosby so hard, yet a source told Defamer that Weinstein would “make Bill Cosby look like a monk.”

Don’t forget about Ashley Judd. This is NOT about Weinstein. Buuuut, read on…

I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses…

He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me, which is a technical term – Oh, come meet at the hotel for something to eat. Fine, I show up. Oh, he’s actually in his room. I’m like, Are you kidding me? I just worked all night. I’m just going to order cereal. It went on in these stages. It was so disgusting. He physically lured me by saying, “Oh, help me pick out what I’m going to wear.” There was a lot that happened between the point of entry and the bargaining. There was this whole process of bargaining—“Come do this, come do this, come do this.” And I would say, “No, no, no.”

The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, “Will you watch me take a shower?” And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, “Oh my god—that’s what he said to me too.” In that moment, I told him something like, “When I win an Academy Award in one of your movies.” He said, “No, when you get nominated.” I said, “No, no, when I win an Academy Award.” That was a small moment of power when I was able to contradict him and hold to my reality. And then I got out of there. And by the way, I’ve never been offered a movie by that studio. Ever.

Harvey’s girls is a whole thing. Alicia Vikander? Could be one. She’s in Tulip Fever released by The Weinstein Company. She also sounds very willing to do what it takes to be popular, even to get “decorated” by Weinstein. From Blind Gossip:

His girlfriend wants what his co-star has. An actor dating another actor and she’s getting a little obsessed with becoming the next superstar. Recently they were all at the same event together and she made it very clear, within earshot of others, in close proximity to her career target, that that’s what she deserves, that she has the talent, that she has it all. He seemed uncomfortable with how vocal she was about it, especially since the way she said it sounded really competitive and comparative, as though she thinks she’s actually better.

People have been guessing the girlfriend to be Vikander, her boyfriend to be Michael Fassbender and the co-star to be Jennifer Lawrence. Sooo, maybe Vikander’s been groomed by Weinstein since she’s in his movie coming out next year.

But, back to the main question: who raped Rose McGowan? Definitely not Harvey Weinstein.

Rose McGowan: Red Carpet Walks Are Like Visual Rape!

This one sure is a doozy, so hang on tight - Rose McGowan, in real life, wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in which she says that walking along a carpet that is red is kind of like a form of rape.

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Let that sink in. But not too hard, we wouldn't want you to lose all faith in humanity.

You know, again.

As Rose tells it, "my experience on the red carpet has been a journey of defiance, then one-of-a-kind acquiescence and finally a refusal to play by invented rules passed down through an aged system."

And yeah, that's totally fair.

Also fair is Rose's statement that it's "unlikely" she'll walk a red carpet anytime soon.

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If she does, she writes, "I will do my own makeup and dress" because "I'm an adult and I've known how to for a long time."

Good for her or whatever, right?

But Rose starts to lose the plot when she reveals that during her last red carpet extravaganza, she informed the poor soul interviewing her that "it felt like visual rape" when the cameras would zoom in to capture her look.

To put it simply, oh hell no.

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You'd really think that, at this point, celebrities would realize how inappropriate it is to compare anything to rape. The concept is sincerely not that difficult to grasp.

So sorry, Rose, but a lot of people just can't bear to muster up the strength to pity you for wearing fancy clothes and accessories and having everyone gush about how pretty you are.

Thankfully, Rose writes that she's "fairly sure" her little quote about rape never aired anywhere. Thank goodness for small miracles.

Now, to be fair to Rose, she's always been passionate about women's rights and battling sexism.

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Remember earlier this year when she slammed the hell out of that X-Men: Apocalypse billboard that showed Jennifer Lawrence's character being choked by Apocalypse, a male character?

She called it "offensive and frankly, stupid."

Then back in November of last year, she took issue with Caitlyn Jenner's joke that the "hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear."

Because, as she wrote in an angry Facebook post, "we are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you."

So while it's clear that Rose's heart is in the right place, she still could really do with a healthy dose of common sense.

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Unfortunately, later in Rose's little essay, she writes that "actresses are just brainwashed and part of the machine."

"They don't realize they don't have to be," so it doesn't seem like there's much sense to be had with her these days.

Here's a little tip for Rose: don't refer to every woman in your industry as "brainwashed," and don't - why does this even need to be said? - refer to walking on a damn red carpet as "visual rape."

Like we said - being a decent, reasonable human being is really, really not that difficult a concept.

Why It’s Important To Appreciate Bad Style

I am a huge advocate for bad taste when it comes to fashion. While others strive to dress flawlessly, in their matching black outfits and chic accessories, I find it important to acknowledge the other side of the spectrum, the people who dress outside of the Instagram-approved box. In fact, it was Chloe Sevigny who recently said, “Everybody is obsessed with good taste, but the 90s was about good taste/bad taste.”

The great thing about the 90s is the variety of styles that we saw. From grunge to sporty, and an array of accessories including platforms, butterfly clips and stuffed animal backpacks, the 90s did it and then some. We had subcultures that shaped different styles and embraced the good and the bad. Today, however, we are seeing a plethora of repetitive looks, where everyone’s obsession to dress well has led them to pretty much dressing exactly the same way.

You want to dress like Kim Kardashian? Wear a crop top and midi skirt in different colors, for each of the four seasons this year. Or if your style is more Sky Ferreira, get your favorite leather jacket and black boots, and wear them with a very similar but suuuuper different vintage tee for each day of the week.

Originality seems to be a thing of the past, as we see clones upon clones dressed in their ‘stylish’ garb which all fit in the same boring spectrum of good taste.

The great thing about the weird and wonderful world of bad style is that it immediately sticks to your memory. That hideous dress you wore in 2001 can bring back memories that will have you laughing and taking you back to a moment in time, just by looking at that very piece of clothing. They even have the ability to be culturally significant.

Who will ever forget that iconic denim-on-denim look that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears wore at the MTV Music Awards? Or Rose McGowan’s risqué see-through dress during her Marilyn Manson era? Probably no one.

While those outfits may not be the epitome of chic, they stood out then and continue to. (Hence why those particularly outfits were brought back thanks to Katy Perry and Amber Rose recently.) Not to mention, they are the perfect visual representation of the 90s, characterized by the outlandish and the different.

At the end of the day, those sparkly jelly shoes you wore during your childhood can create more significant memories than that chic black blazer in your current wardrobe can. Stereotypical good style might be great for now, but it’s the bad style — that hideous item of clothing that remains in the back of wardrobe, dusty, unwanted and hidden from the world — that stands out and makes for a truly unforgettable moment.

The post Why It’s Important To Appreciate Bad Style appeared first on PopCrunch.

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Rose McGowan spends half her time railing against actresses being forced to show their chests off in film rolls, and the other half showing off her impressive Forties and Faptastic chest in public. It's a dichotomy. What can you say, girls with nice bodies are especially fickle. ...

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29 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Weren’t Born in the U.S.

Take a look at 29 celebrities you didn't know weren't born in the U.S. They might have grown up here, but they weren't born here! 

1. Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis played all-American teen Jackie on That 70s Show, but she was born in the Ukraine in 1983 and immigrated to the US with her family as a child.

2. Jim Carrey

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Jim Carrey was born in North America, but not in America. The funny man is Canadian.

3. Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman, nee Natalie Hershlag, was born in Jerusalem in 1981. She has dual citizenship in the United States and Israel.

4. Amy Adams

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The super beautiful and amazingly talented Amy Adams was born in Italy.

5. Nina Dobrev

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The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria - not unlike her TVD character's doppelganger - and raised in Canada, where she moved as a young girl.

6. Bruce Willis

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Bruce Willis' father was in the armed services and met Bruce's mother while stationed in West Germany, where Willis was born.
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