As part of his public relations plan to "handle" apparently routine accusations of sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein reportedly had a "hit list" of 91 women he provided to private investigators and other fixers charged with protecting his public image.
The Observer obtained the list, which they say Weinstein kept "as part of a strategy to prevent accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him." Actresses Rose McGowan, Sophie Dix, and Annabella Sciorra appear on the list — and all three have been among the dozens of women who have come forward in recent weeks to accuse the Hollywood mega-producer of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.
Weinstein drew up the list, the Observer says, then distributed it to his network of spies, private investigators, and public relations professionals, who worked to keep accusations against Weinstein under wraps. Based on earlier reporting, it's clear that investigators — like the ones who worked for the firm Black Cube — used the list to get close to possible victims, obtain information, and then use that information as blackmail to prevent women like McGowan from taking their stories to the press.
Some of the names have notes next to them. Laura Madden, who claimed Weinstein pressured her into naked massages twice in the U.K., has a note next to her name that says "very bitter" — apparently used as part of the "profile" created by Weinstein's hired guns.
According to The Guardian, which also published snippets of the list, the project seems to indicate both that Weinstein was aware reporters were ignoring his advances and were sniffing around his list of alleged victims as early as April 2017. It also seems to show that more than just Weinstein and his namesake company knew about his affairs. A list like this, distributed to many of Hollywood's most powerful communications professionals, serves as a warning — and contradicts claims that "no one knew" Harvey Weinstein was allegedly using Hollywood as his own personal sex service.
The document also seems to indicate that Weinstein was afraid of a wave of accusations. Included on the list is Brett Ratner, a Hollywood director accused of multiple sexual assaults, and whistleblower Kathy DeClesis, Weinstein's former assistant who told high-ranking members of Miramax that she was concerned Weinstein's philandering would sink the company.
Weinstein still says that those sexual encounters he remembers were consensual, and that he "unequivocally denies" all other claims. He remains in outpatient "sex addiction" therapy and is now facing a potential civil suit and two criminal investigations — one in LA and one in NYC.