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Al Gore attorney David Boies stabbed the New York Times in the back, directed Harvey Weinstein's 'army of spies'
Hollywood for ugly people.
If you know the name David Boies, it's probably because you were paying attention during the aftermath of Al Gore's 2000 election loss. Boies was Gore's legal point-man, and became a staple of talking-head news shows during the campaign's doomed attempt to navigate the hanging-chad / legal challenge fiasco following the narrow results in Florida. Gore's effort to overturn the now-undisputed outcome made Boies a household name - one that dragged the country through months of ill-conceived legal gymnastics.
Until yesterday, Boies was still a highly-regarded attorney. Now, Boies's prominence may finally have come to an end.
Ronan Farrow followed up his bombshell Harvey Weinstein report with a new story detailing Weinstein's attempt to manipulate victims and media outlets via the use of an international network of private spies. These investigators attempted to protect Weinstein by insinuating themselves into the life of Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, and pressuring the New York Times to kill stories about the now-disgraced movie mogul.
...And guess who directed the effort.
From The New Yorker:
The explicit goal of the investigations, laid out in one contract with Black Cube, signed in July, was to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that eventually emerged in the New York Times and The New Yorker. Over the course of a year, Weinstein had the agencies “target,” or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focussed on their personal or sexual histories. Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally. He also enlisted former employees from his film enterprises to join in the effort, collecting names and placing calls that, according to some sources who received them, felt intimidating.
In some cases, the investigative effort was run through Weinstein’s lawyers, including David Boies, a celebrated attorney who represented Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential-election dispute and argued for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court. 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.
That's right. David Boies was one of the dirtbags trying to prop up Harvey Weinstein - and he was doing it while he was representing the New York Times. That is, at the very least, a severe conflict of interest.
Boies also served as producer on three movies for Weinstein, while all of this was going on.
The New York Times is, to put it mildly, not pleased. According to a statement, they've accused Boies of "a grave betrayal of trust" and they're exploring their options.
“We learned today that the law firm of Boies Schiller and Flexner secretly worked to stop our reporting on Harvey Weinstein at the same time as the firm’s lawyers were representing us in other matters. We consider this intolerable conduct, a grave betrayal of trust, and a breach of the basic professional standards that all lawyers are required to observe. It is inexcusable and we will be pursuing appropriate remedies.”
As for Boies, his career is in deep guano. If you're a both a wealthy Clinton donor and a prominent lefty lawyer, yet you're being called out by people like this...
David Boies is finished https://t.co/ZcBmOUKbXs— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 7, 2017
...you know your troubles are just beginning.