"Don't know", said Sharon Waxman, the former Times reporter who pursued sexual-harassment allegations against Weinstein 13 years ago.
One report on McGowan that Ness sent to Weinstein last December ran for more than a hundred pages and featured McGowan's address and other personal information, along with sections labelled "Lies/Exaggerations/Contradictions", "Hypocrisy", and "Potential Negative Character Wits", an apparent abbreviation of "witnesses".
The news came as the Television Academy, which hands out Emmy Awards, was said to have expelled Weinstein "for life," following a similar move by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives out the Oscars.
Weinstein also hired a company called PSOPS to compile terrifyingly detailed dossiers on the women.
Weinstein has denied "any allegations of nonconsensual sex" via his spokeswoman.
According to The New Yorker, Weinstein hired private investigators from a firm called Black Cube, including individuals described as "ex-Mossad agents", who developed an elaborate ruse and background story to gain the confidence of McGowan.
In other cases, journalists directed by Weinstein or the private investigators interviewed women and reported back the details, the New Yorker reported.
Former Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein hired private firms staffed by former intelligence operatives to investigate and squash allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Of Farrow's latest story, a rep for Weinstein told the New Yorker in a statement: "It is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time".
Neither Hofmeister nor Boies immediately responded to requests for comment. Additionally, he is under investigation by police in four jurisdictions - New York City, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and London. "Everyone lied to me all the time", McGowan said of the past year. Boies personally signed the contract directing Black Cube to attempt to uncover information that would stop the publication of a Times story about Weinstein's abuses, while his firm was also representing the Times, including in a libel case.
"I always separated those two roles carefully and completely-and resisted Mr. Weinstein's repeated efforts to have AMI titles publish favorable stories about him or negative articles about his accusers". "If evidence could be uncovered to convince The Times the charges should not be published, I did not believe, and do not believe, that that would be averse to The Times' interest", Boies told The New Yorker.
Weinstein was said to have closely monitored this work as it was ongoing, although his lawyers worked with investigators as well. Farrow appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday to discuss his latest New Yorker piece and what he calls "an global campaign" on behalf of Weinstein to keep his accusers from coming forward.
"This machine that was so instrumental in keeping this quiet as long as it was quiet-I think there is much more to be said about just how far that went", Farrow said.