Harvey Weinstein reportedly had a "secret hitlist" of prominent film industry figures that detailed the extent of knowledge each individual had regarding Weinstein's sordid sexual assault history, and whether or not they intended on exposing him. 

First obtained by The Observer, the list is a detailed account of over 90 "actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others working in the film industry." The list was reportedly compiled by Weinstein himself in 2017, and was meant to be used as a way for investigators hired by the movie mogul to target those who had information regarding his past. After pinpointing the individuals on the list, the investigators would report on the information collected to Weinstein and his lawyers. 

Weinstein Hitlist
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Given the list was generated months prior to the New York Times article which initially exposed Weinstein, it corroborates the claim that many individuals in Hollywood knew of the producer's predatory malevolence. In the exposé written by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker titled "Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies," the journalist explicitly mentioned the robust network of lawyers and Hollywood elite who allowed Weinstein to get away with sexual assault for decades. Weinstein reportedly knew The New York Times was collecting information meant to expose him, which is likely one of the reasons he began compiling the list. 

According to The Observer article that broke the story, "More than 50 of the names have been colored red to highlight those who should be prioritised [sic] by investigators – individuals Weinstein most keenly wanted to target." Some of the names highlighted include Rose McGowan, the actress who openly accused Weinstein of raping her, Laura Madden, and Sophie Dix. Somewhat surprisingly, a large portion of the individuals listed on the document are men, one of whom is the equally repulsive Brett Ratner, who has been accused of sexually assaulting numerous women, including actress Olivia Munn, over the last few weeks. 

What this detailed account of Weinstein's network demonstrates is the revolting level of complacency throughout Hollywood. As victims began coming forward to share their stories, it became implicitly apparent that many individuals allowed Weinstein to keep the number of allegations against him secret for years. As the accusations continue to mount, Weinstein has yet to issue a single admission of guilt, despite the recent discovery of his "hitlist." His lawyers have yet to comment.