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Producer unsurprised by reports of Weinstein ex-attorney’s tactics

Producer unsurprised by reports of Weinstein ex-attorney’s tactics

Reports that Harvey Weinstein’s ex-lawyer David Boies hired private detectives to investigate Weinstein’s accusers didn’t surprise film producer Joe Simon-Whelan.

When Simon-Whelan was suing the Andy Warhol Foundation in 2007, Boies was representing the foundation.

“Nearly $15 million was spent on legal fees by both sides,” Simon-Whelan told me. “Boies and the foundation admitted to spending about $200,000 on private investigators.”

Simon-Whelan, who was staying with Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes at the time, said, “There was a white van with blacked-out windows parked outside. It was deeply unpleasant.”

Rhodes wrote a song about the surveillance titled “Being Followed.”

Simon-Whelan, who had sued because the foundation ruled his signed $2 million Warhol self-portrait was a fake, is still bitter. “We settled by agreeing to disagree,” he said.

Boies was recently fired by the New York Times after it was revealed that his firm had hired Kroll and Black Cube, private intelligence firms, to try to stop the Times and other outlets from publishing allegations of Weinstein’s sexual abuse.

“What I find of interest is how sloppy Boies’ law firm has been at covering their tracks — an arrogance of being invincible,” Simon-Whelan said.

“I supervised the Warhol Foundation’s defense against the claims made against it by Mr. Simon; David Boies played no role in the Foundation’s defense; and the facts uncovered by the investigators about Mr. Simon and the genesis of his claims were instrumental in determining that Mr. Simon’s claims were wholly devoid of merit,” Boies Schiller Flexner partner Nick Gravante said.

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