Harvey Weinstein drew up 'secret hit list' targetting sexual harassment accusers

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Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale are among the high-profile names who have spoken out against Weinstein.

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly drew up a "secret hit list" of almost 100 actors, publicists, producers and financers in an attempt to silence his sexual harassment victims.

The document was compiled in early 2017 and distributed to a team complied by the producer around nine months before The New York Times broke the first story about the allegations against Weinstein.

The Observer has managed to gain access to U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein's covert list of a total of 91 prominent actors, publicists, producers, financiers and prominent film industry players.

The goal of the hitlist was apparently part of a strategy to prevent these eminent individuals from making their sexual misconduct claims public, something that was due to be implemented by a special team hired by Weinstein. While the United Kingdom newspaper did not release the full list, it did include actresses Laura Madden, Sophie Dix, Rose McGowan, Katherine Kendall, and Annabella Sciorra - all of whom have accused the Hollywood superstar of varied levels of sexual misconduct. According to the note, her view of Weinstein was "very bitter". Actress Sophie Dix, who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment in a London hotel in 1990, was also named.

More details on the list itself HERE. Additionally, members of the film community - including those who work in "acquisitions, marketing and distribution... producers, publicists and human resources" - were also added to the list, presumably because they could provide some form of damaging information on Weinstein's open-secret.

There is evidence that Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women over the past three decades, the paper cited two company officials as saying.

More than 50 of the names were typed in red to identify who should be prioritized by investigators.

Weinstein "unequivocally denies" all claims of non-consensual sex, a spokesman has said.

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