Harvey Weinstein Had a Secret List of Nearly 100 Names to Silence Sexual Harassment Claims (Report)
Among those on the list were accusers Rose McGowan and Laura Madden.
Harvey Weinstein had a secret list of nearly 100 names targeted by the ousted Hollywood mogul in his alleged efforts to uncover information on sexual misconduct accusations against him, according to a report by The Guardian.
The newpaper obtained the document — listing 91 actors, producers, publicists, financiers and other industry workers — that was reportedly drafted by Weinstein himself. The list was created with the alleged intention of preventing accusers from going public.
The document was drawn up earlier this year, months before the New York Times exposé that first brought the allegations against Weinstein to light.
Among those on the list were actress Rose McGowan, one of the most outspoken women against Weinstein and who has accused the former producer of sexual assault; and Laura Madden, a former employee of Weinstein who has accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct at hotels in London and Dublin dating to the early 1990s. Actress Sophie Dix, who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment in a London hotel in 1990, was also on the list.
A note near Madden's name on the document stated the production manager had already been targeted by Weinstein's private investigators and was "very bitter." News of Weinstein hiring private investigators and spies to discredit accusers and journalists broke earlier this month.
Over 50 names on the list were colored red, to indicate prioritization by investigators. Among them were McGowan, Dix and Madden.
Another name on the list was director Brett Ratner, who was himself recently accused of sexual harassment.
The list confirms that Weinstein was aware of the impending Times report months before it was released.