Ronan Farrow’s Former Producer Accuses NBC of Attempting to Block Weinstein Story
04 September, 2018, 10:17 | Author: Miranda Cannon
"The assertion that NBC News tried to kill the Weinstein story while Ronan Farrow was at NBC News, or even more ludicrously, after he left NBC News, is an outright lie", NBC said in an emailed statement on Friday. But when it comes to a report on Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse of multitudes of women in Hollywood, NBC demanded that the victim of the sexual abuse publicly expose themselves to the world or else they wouldn't run with the story.
"Three days before Ronan and I were going to head to L.A.to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, I was ordered to stop, not to interview this woman, and to stand down on the story altogether", he said.
NBC tried to position a finish to Ronan Farrow's investigation into producer Harvey Weinstein per a aged producer at the community's news investigation unit.
What's not in dispute, however, is that NBC let Farrow take his Weinstein reporting to The New Yorker, which published it just two months later. This included his "wonderful producer" at NBC, Rich McHugh, whom Farrow said "refused to bow to pressure to stop, through numerous shoots, even when it meant risking his job".
NBC said that Farrow and McHugh asked for an NBC camera crew for the interview after it had already been decided that Farrow was taking the story elsewhere.
The Daily Beast also cited multiple sources who alleged that Charles Harder, who was Weinstein's attorney at the time, claimed that NBC had provided written assurance that Farrow would not use any reporting from his time at the network.
The television group said the victims named in the print report were not available when Farrow was at NBC.
The Daily Beast also reported Farrow was under the impression in the spring of 2017 that NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, who was involved in the Weinstein story, might have been secretly passing information to Weinstein about what Farrow had uncovered. Right now it's the word of Farrow and his producing partner, Rich McHugh, versus NBC executives.
Farrow said he was scared at times, lost weight and was "sick to the stomach", but that was nothing compared to the "brave" women who were retraumatised when their allegations went public. The story was so massive, so widely read, that it's impossible to imagine that any news network wouldn't want to run it. NBC has pushed back hard against McHugh's claims, while Farrow has offered only praise for the producer.
As Breitbart News reported previously, Oppenheim's conflicts of interest are jaw-dropping. Weinstein, through a spokesperson, has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
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