The two New York Times journalists who told the story of Harvey Weinstein revealed how he burst into their offices with a & # 39; map full of filth & # 39; on his accusers to try and stop their story.
The American journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who uncovered various allegations of sexual misconduct against film maker Harvey Weinstein in 2017, talked about the different tactics he used to deter them from publishing the story about him.
The journalists, who wrote a book to tell the full story of their report, said: The story of sexual harassment that helped light a movement described how Harvey, when he got the wind in his ears for research, told the New York Times invaded offices & demanded a meeting – while also employing private detectives to follow their story and scare off their sources.
Their authors also revealed how nervous they were to abandon the women, including A-list celebrities, with whom they spoke for their research. Jodi told Femail: & # 39; If we had messed up the story, confused the facts, lost our courage, or fell prey to Weinstein tactics, it would have left these women and it would have been devastating & # 39;
American journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who uncovered various allegations of sexual misconduct against film maker Harvey Weinstein, also spoke about the different tactics he used to deter them from publishing the story about him – one even how he showed up to their offices and demanded a meeting with them
The women described that when Harvey had heard of their investigation & # 39; crept into the offices of the New York Times with a folder full of dirt & # 39; about the women they spoke with.
Jodi said they felt a sense of responsibility towards the women who violated the settlement agreements by just talking to them, and were more afraid of abandoning them than all the threats from Harvey Weinstein and his team at the time.
& # 39; We were concerned about failure, people often ask if we were sacred to Weinstein and all the manipulation methods he used – and we really weren't.
& # 39; We are investigative reporters, this is what we live for – but we knew what a sense of responsibility was – and we understood the nature of the material. We felt the weight of everything that happened – from properly documenting and combating the threats of Weinstein and finally landing this story.
& # 39; By the end of the investigation, we had documented incidents from – 1990 – 2015, so the moral commitment of the investigation continued to increase and we thought that if we didn't land this story, he might hurt someone else. & # 39;
Megan (right) and Jodi (center) said they felt a sense of responsibility towards the women who violated the settlement agreements by just talking to them, and were more afraid of abandoning them than all the threats made by Harvey at the time Weinstein were done
The New York Times journalist also talked about Harvey Weinstein's shock that appeared at their office: & # 39; There were a few surprises – at one point Harvey rushed into the New York Times office with a folder full of dirt to the women we were about to report, that was something we hadn't expected, and we said to ourselves, "are we going to let him up?"
Megan finally took a 15-minute meeting with him: & # 39; He came in with these folders and had pictures of some of the women who were going to be part of our story – pictures of him red carpets after their alleged examples – mistakenly thinking that this would be proof that they somehow lied about what had happened.
The journalists have written their report of the incident. She said: Break through the story of sexual harassment that caused a movement to ignite
& # 39; Although he also had information about their backgrounds to try and stain them, he did not realize that we were also looking at their backgrounds during the investigation. & # 39;
Talking about their new book, in which they document how the research came about and how it unfolded, Jodi said they were inspired to write it to explain what actually happened because there was a lot of drama being played that was played in the newspapers at the time. & # 39;
& # 39; There was a very different story behind the story, & # 39; said Jodi.
Explaining how they started, Jodi explained: & # 39; We had no idea that it would go the way it was and no idea what the truth was, we had heard rumors, but very little had been publicly documented – we went in without assumptions. & # 39;
& # 39; We worked from a standing start – we were not entertainment writers, so we had no contacts with actresses – we thought: & # 39; how can we get the phone number from Salma Hayek? & # 39; you would normally go through their agents, but this case was way too sensitive. & # 39;
Megan, who had previously covered stories about groping and other sexual misconduct regarding Donald Trump in 2016, then revealed that the initial investigation began with three sources: & # 39; It started with three phone calls with actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan – individually they told us very similar stories.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who has now admitted that the film producer sexually harassed her when she was 22, did not want to make her story public at the time, but she was quite proactive in helping the two journalists
Although Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan are quite outspoken about their experiences, Gwyneth Paltrow, who has now admitted that Weinstein was harassing her sexually when she was 22, wanted to keep her story secret at that time, but she was pretty proactive in helping of the two journalists
Jodi admitted: & # 39; Hearing the Gwyneth story, which was fairly early in the investigation – it was an exciting shock – and this was the moment when no one really answered us on the phone. & # 39;
Through some contacts, the two journalists had heard that she was willing to talk to them. & # 39; She tells us this story of alleged sexual harassment, but also about Weinstein threatening her career, & # 39; Jodi said, & # 39; people forget that, yes, the story is about sexual misconduct, but it is also about women's careers and ambitions – and how they can be used against them. & # 39;
& # 39; It was a revelation for us and we thought – "If Weinstein's biggest star, who was called the first lady of Miramix, who won that Oscar, could be a victim – who else but a victim?"
Megan Twohey, who denounced several allegations against Harvey Winstein with her colleague Jodi, said that not only celebrities had been furious at his behavior – it was also young women who worked with him
They revealed that the actress was then very dedicated to helping them behind the scenes – by helping them make contact with other people in Hollywood. & # 39; She would ask for tips on investigative journalism processes – and we would list the following five people whom she would contact. Even she was unable to get some people talking – showing how deeply this secret was kept. & # 39;
Although they had made the record conversations with three actresses, they knew how nervous they would be to record the record with their stories: & # 39; We knew that if we waited for them to go on record, we would be stuck permanently sit down, & # 39; admitted Megan.
So they started another line of research: & # 39; What we identified was that there was another category of women allegedly harassed by Weinstein – young women who normally had their first jobs with him – so we started viewing these accounts as well.
While Jodi added: & # 39; There is this image of the Weinstein victims as blonde actresses in an evening dress, but there was the second group of women who were crucial to breaking the story – those were former employees and assistants of him.
Zelda Perkins (photo) was one of the former Miramax employees who had been in contact with Harvey while working at his London office
Two of these women were Zelda Perkins and Rowena Chiu, both of whom had been in contact with Harvey when they were employees of the Miramx office in London – and both were paid off and signed a confidentiality agreement for their silence.
Jodi said: & # 39; These women had signed these iron-clad legal agreements when they were very young – 24 and 25.
& # 39; Zelda met me secretly and started telling me what had happened. We had heard that he had these settlements, but these were the first tangible evidence that these accusations had been disguised time and time again,
# To this day, the restrictions were shockingly strict – they were not allowed to talk to a doctor about what happened without special permission, were not allowed to keep a copy of their agreements, could not warn other women. & # 39;
As journalists came closer to the truth and were able to write their story in 2017, they said Harvey started using tougher tactics – such as hiring private investigators.
While Jodi further said: & # 39; We realized that if we could combine the financial returns of recent years, this would really help our story. & # 39; From their report they found out that Harvey Weinstein had been involved in secret settlements and paid 12 women between 1990 and 2015.
As they got closer to the truth and were able to write their story in 2017, they said Harvey started using tougher tactics.
& # 39; This story is really about abuse of power, so we were able to pull back the curtain of the machines used to silence these women, & # 39; Megan revealed.
& # 39; Not only these secret settlements, but also in Weinstein's case, he also had these expensive lawyers who worked to hide and hide the allegations, and private investigators named Black Cube who promised a $ 300,000 bonus if they could stop these allegations – they focused on the women he thought could make the story public. & # 39;
While Jodi said using these tools was definitely a sign of something to hide: & # 39; Our editor had warned us from the beginning – he said, "Make every phone call as if you're being recorded, be prepared for private investigators, and be prepared followed "& # 39 ;.
Jodi and Megan (last week on Loose Women) revealed exactly what the media magnate was like in real life and said he was exactly how people described him
The two women also said that in their coverage they had heard so many descriptions of how he could swing back and forth to be flattering and charming and then to be a bully and intimidate.
And Megan said, when he showed up at their office to demand a meeting, that was exactly how he was: On the one hand he told us how much he admired the NY Times and on the other hand if we did not come clean about everyone we had talked to, he had the means to find out.
& # 39; He also threatened to prosecute us as we continued the story – he was a real roller coaster, especially in the last 48 hours before we went to the press.
Despite how big the story became after it was published, they weren't sure how it would end before they went to press.
& # 39; One of our editors said: & # 39; remember that Harvey is not that famous & # 39; – there was a possibility that people would not find nasty behavior from a movie producer, & # 39; said Jodi.
& # 39; A few days before publication, we thought: & # 39; Is someone going to read this story, does someone care? & # 39;
But people did care and their story not only helped bring sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein into the public arena, but also uncovered the # MeToo movement – which civil rights activist Tarana Burke had started in 2006.
& # 39; We could feel the shift almost immediately – within a few days after the story was published, our phones and emails were flooded with women who came forward with their own stories of sexual abuse – from all industries and all layers of the population, & # 39; Megan admitted.
& # 39; I remember a few weeks after the story broke my own personal Facebook and saw the stories of friends and relatives – using #MeToo – bought tears in my eyes, we witnessed something amazing – finally the dam was broken. We have described the Weinstein story as a secrecy solvent – to see that the secret was so shattered was great.
All allegations of non-consensual sex are unambiguously denied by Harvey Weinstein.
She said: Breaking the story of sexual harassment that helped light a movement is now over.
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