Former media mogul Harvey Weinstein spent his final days before the release of the New York Times article that ruined him frantically searching for the person that “did him in.”
According to a recent expose published in Vanity Fair, was a man “literally naked in conflict with himself” in the days leading up to the now infamous New York Times article detailing decades of harassment and abuse against women.
At first, Harvey used the same tactics he’d always employed when faced with an explosive exposure. He surrounded himself with a crack team of lawyers, including prized litigator David Boies, celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, and the same man who put Gawker out of business, Charles Harder.
Next, Harvey deployed private investigators and security specialists to try and find who in the company might be leaking information to the press, or who of his past accusers might be breaking their nondisclosure agreements. As a former The Weinstein Company exec told Vanity Fair, “Harvey’s concern was who did him in, not what he had done.”
Before the New York Times article ran Harvey seemed to be desperately trying to keep his employees in the dark. Nicole Quenqua, their head of publicity, knew nothing of the of the more damaging allegations, and was assured by Weinstein over dinner that “everything’s going to be fine.”
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Weinstein reportedly told Quenqua. “I mean, I might have done some things that are immoral. But I didn’t do anything that was illegal.”
However, company insiders saw a very different version of Weinstein when he let his guard down. “He knew how bad it was. He knew he had to do the right thing and yet it was like there was a switch that would go off and he would become a different human being. For a guy who always had control over actors, filmmakers, his company, his family—everybody—this was the first time I saw that he couldn’t control a situation.”
Some could see the writing on the wall. Irwin Reiter, chief operating officer for The Weinstein Company, allegedly had his computer broken into by Frank Gil, the VP of HR. In a statement, The Weinstein Company said, “Gil entered the offices of TWC employees without their knowledge and may have been responsible for the disappearance of personnel files.”
Those files contained records of hush money paid to the women Harvey had abused and ex-employees that had sued both Harvey and the company for harassment. Vanity Fair also came up with a file containing a list of 63 women organized by city – a digital Rolodex.
Neither Vanity Fair nor The New York Times has confirmed any of their sources, but nobody at The Weinstein Company seems willing to go on the record about the issue.
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