An Israeli intelligence company has apologised for its work with the disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, and has pledged to donate the proceeds to women's groups.
Asher Tishler, a member of the Black Cube advisory board, said: “Of course we apologise to those hurt by this. Of course women were hurt. Now, in retrospect, it's a shame that we took this job.”
His remarks came after the New Yorker reported Weinstein allegedly hired the company, comprised of former intelligence officials, to get information on those working to expose allegations of sexual harassment against him.
A spokesperson for Weinstein, Sallie Hofmeister, told The New Yorker: “It is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time.”
Weinstein has denied any non-consensual sex acts took place, and representatives for the film producer have previously called the majority of allegations against him "false".
Mr Tishler made the apology in an interview to Israel's Channel 2 News this week. He said the firm intends to give the profits from the project to women's groups.
Mr Tishler said he was not familiar with all the details of the work Black Cube carried out for Weinstein.
“I think the job was taken in a justified manner. When it was discovered there was a problem, they stopped,” he said.
Black Cube previously told The Independent it was the company's “policy to never discuss its clients with any third party”.
Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report