By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
On November 9th we covered Ronan Farrow's New Yorker story revealing Harvey Weinstein's connection to the Israeli private investigative agency, Black Cube. A Black Cube board member had just apologized and promised to donate money earned from working on the Weinstein case to women's organizations. So we asked private investigators what they thought of Black Cube's apology, expecting to gather a range of reactions. Here's what we got:
Not only did all PIs we heard from doubt the sincerity of Black Cube's mea culpa apology --- some were even dubious of their promise to donate the profits from the Weinstein case to women's organizations. Other raised doubts regarding the firm's ethics and legalities.
As the PI community was weighing in, the Wall Street Journal published an article about Stella Penn Pechanac an Israeli actress and one of the Black Cube operatives involved in the attempted cover up.
According to Mark Maremont, Jacquie McNish and Rob Copeland, the three person team of Wall Street Journal reporters, Pechanac met with Ben Wallace, a writer who had been researching the Weinstein allegations.
Claiming to be a spurned ex mistress named, "Anna." Pechanac -aka- Anna delivered a tearful expose of the consensual affair she had with Harvey Weinstein and the hunger for revenge it was now fueling. Could this have succeed in steering some of the nations top investigative reporters off the trail? Of Black Cube's litany of attempts to misdirect reporters and reinforce Weinstein's claim “it is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time,” this was one of the flimsier ones.
As Wallace recalled, Anna was welling up with emotion at one of their meetings, her story, "''didn't ring true."
"It makes sense she went into private investigating, not acting" he concluded "because I found her acting skills not stellar'."
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