'No Morals': Twitter Reacts to Emergence of Weinstein's Hitlist

Pauline Gross
November 20, 2017

The Observer says it obtained access to the list, which contains the names of nearly 100 actors, publicists, producers, and former Weinstein Co. employees, whom he appeared to identify as part of a strategy to prevent his accusers from going public. It was compiled early in 2017, nine months before The New York Times published its October 5 bombshell report containing multiple sexual assault accusations against Weinstein. They included McGowan, Madden and an English actor called Sophie Dix - who each went on to make highly detailed and lurid allegations against Weinstein.

Weinstein handed the list over to a team he hired, with the objective of silencing those listed and preventing them from making their claims public. Madden told her story in the original New York Times report.

Although the Guardian was the first to post an extract of the "hitlist", Ronan Farrow reported on the existence of a list used by Weinstein-hired private investigators in his November 6 The New Yorker report on Weinstein's efforts to track journalists and accusers.

Zelda Perkins, a former Miramax assistant in London, was also on the list.

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While police have not said publicly who is under investigation, law enforcement's response comes after a mounting list of Hollywood heavy hitters, including Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct.

Over 50 names on the list were colored red, to indicate prioritization by investigators.

Director Brett Ratner, who is facing his own sexual harassment scandal, was also on the list.

Los Angeles police are now investigating multiple people who have been identified publicly and some who have not yet been named in the media, a law enforcement official told NBC.

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