NBC Refused to Report Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal
NBC News originally refused to run a scandalous story detailing sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Ronan Farrow, who works as a reporter for NBC News, confirmed he had started the story under the auspices of the network news, but ended up having it published in New Yorker mag.
Mister Farrow’s comments came during an interview on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC.
Asked why the story was published in the Magazine, rather than broadcast by the network news department, Mr. Farrow said: “You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details.”
He added: “I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so. There are now reports emerging publicly about the kind of pressure news organizations have faced. That is real. And in the course of this reporting, I was threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein.”
Variety reported Mr. Farrow was looking into allegations for Weinstein for at least 10 months. But when he showed his early reporting to NBC News executives “he didn’t have one accuser willing to go on the record or identify themselves,” the magazine quoted a person familiar with the situation.
An unnamed source told Variety that Mr. Farrow had strong material.
“I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier” Mr. Farrow said. “Immediately the New Yorker recognized that and it was not accurate to say that it was not reportable. In fact, there were multiple determinations at NBC that it was reportable.”
Ronan Farrow is the son of actress Mia Farrow and Woody Allen.
Note: Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie added their 1st-person accounts of uncomfortable experiences with Harvey Weinstein to the ever-growing list of accusations against the movie mogul from women alleging decades of systematic sexual harassment and assault.
Now, accusers are coming from everywhere, actresses never heard of, models, assistants, employees, a reporter and young women who found themselves in the orbit of the powerful executive.
But, as the story often goes, no one expected it to go this high.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie waited years to speak, but these 2 Hollywood powerful women helped seal the fate of Harvey Weinstein.
This story gets grimier, stay tuned
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