By Heidi Stevens
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Columnist Heidi Stevens describes why we all need to read Ronan Farrow’s latest article in the New Yorker. She says, “If you want to understand the sexual harassment and assault epidemic oozing from the halls of just about every bastion of power and influence in this country, Hollywood, politics, media, tech, it’s a must-read.”
Harvey Weinstein enlisted private security agencies staffed with operatives “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units” to collect information on women and journalists who tried to expose sexual harassment allegations against him, according to an explosive story by Ronan Farrow published in the New Yorker recently.
“Over the course of a year, Weinstein had the agencies ‘target,’ or collect information on, dozens of individuals and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focused on their personal or sexual histories,” Farrow reports.
“Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally. He also enlisted former employees from his film enterprises to join in the effort, collecting names and placing calls that, according to some sources who received them, felt intimidating.”
If you want to understand the sexual harassment and assault epidemic oozing from the halls of just about every bastion of power and influence in this country, Hollywood, politics, media, tech, it’s a must-read.
It details the lengths to which one man would go to protect his kingdom, and unveils the legions who would sign on to help him.
It illustrates the lengths to which journalists must go to expose such characters, and underscores the legions of editors and attorneys who need to sign on to help them.
And, it reveals, more than anything, what victims of harassment and assault are up against when they try to out their tormentors.
Not every predator has Weinstein’s money or connections. Israeli spies are not in most people’s playbooks.