Weinstein hired spies?

News­pa­per slams law firm’s ef­fort to halt in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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The New York Times on Tues­day called it in­ex­cus­able that lawyer David Boies’ firm tried to halt the news­pa­per’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sex­ual-ha­rass­ment charges against Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey Weinstein while it was also work­ing on other mat­ters for the Times.

Boies dis­puted the Times’ view that his work for Weinstein rep­re­sented a con­flict of in­ter­est. Still, he no longer works for Weinstein and said the task he com­pleted for him was a mis­take.

The New Yorker mag­a­zine re­ported that Weinstein hired in­ves­ti­ga­tors to look into women ac­cus­ing him of mis­treat­ment, in­clud­ing Rose McGowan and Rosanna Ar­quette. Jour­nal­ists pur­su­ing the story, in­clud­ing Jodi Kan­tor of the Times and Ro­nan Far­row, au­thor of Tues­day’s New Yorker piece, were also in­ves­ti­gated, the story said.

A spokes­woman for Weinstein did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment. He has char­ac­ter­ized his con­tact with ac­tresses as con­sen­sual.

The ar­ti­cle said the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner hired and paid one or­ga­ni­za­tion with a back­ground in Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence agen­cies at the same time it was rep­re­sent­ing the Times in a li­bel case.

“We con­sider this in­tol­er­a­ble con­duct, a grave be­trayal of trust, and a breach of the ba­sic pro­fes­sional stan­dards that all lawyers are re­quired to ob­serve,” Times spokes­woman Danielle Rhoades Ha said.

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