Asher Tishler, a member of Black Cube’s advisory board, said in an interview that the company halted its work for Harvey Weinstein as soon as they realized there was a problem, adding that the money it made from the job will be given to women’s rights groups.
Asher Tishler Photo credit: Channel 2 News
The Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube rose to infamy this week following reports that it was hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to try and prevent his accusers from telling their stories. Now, a senior official in the company says it was a job he wishes they hadn’t taken.
“As soon as we found out there was a problem, we stopped,” Asher Tishler, a member of Black Cube’s advisory board, said in an interview. He acknowledged that it was “a mistake” and that “people got hurt.”
According to reports on foreign media, the company received $1,300,000 for helping Weinstein collect information about the women who accused him of sex abuse, as well as journalists who worked on the story.
Tishler said the company will give the money to women’s rights groups.
Regarding the reports that Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak was the one who first mentioned Black Cube to Weinstein, Tishler said Barak “just made the connection, mentioned the name, I don’t think he has any other part in this.”