NBC Slapped With Damning Accusations Over Alleged Cover-Up Of #MeToo Bombshell Report

NBC threatened to ruin Ronan Farrow if he didn’t stop reporting on Harvey Weinstein: report

Shortly after the New Yorker ran the Weinstein piece, Farrow blasted NBC for not publishing the story sooner.

Ronan Farrow authored The New Yorker's Pulitzer Prize-winning series exposing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's criminal harassment of women colleagues, but he publicly thanked those who aided his investigation last fall.

The Daily Beast's Maxwell Tani and Lachlan Cartwright also reported, per sources, that Farrow suspected Weinstein spoke to NBC News head Noah Oppenheim about his story as it was being reported.

Rich McHugh, a producer who has since left the network, told The New York Times for a story published Thursday night that "the very highest levels of NBC" worked to shut down the story before Farrow eventually left the network and published the story under a byline in The New Yorker.

"At a critical juncture in our reporting on Harvey Weinstein", recounts McHugh, according to CNN, "as we were about to interview a woman with a credible allegation of rape against him, I was told not to do the interview and ordered to stand down, thus effectively killing the story".

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In addition to the alleged "threats" by Weiner and damning suggestions about Oppenheim's motives, the DB reports that sources say Weinstein's lawyer Charles Harder claimed in legal threats to Farrow that NBC had given Weinstein's legal team "written assurances that Farrow would not use any reporting he obtained about Weinstein during his time at the network".

Chris Francescani, a reporter at ABC News who worked on NBC's investigative unit, said on Twitter that McHugh and Farrow "are telling the truth", while NBC executives "are not". "He was never told to stop in the way he's implying", Oppenheim said. "One time it even happened when we were in the room", he said.

In a statement to the Times responding to McHugh's claims, Farrow praised his former producer and offered words of support.

Farrow has signed a book deal to write "Catch and Kill", expected to detail NBC's actions during his Weinstein reporting. "And we granted him permission to do so". He said he actually assigned the Weinstein story to Farrow when rumors circulated that actress Rose McGowan might have had an experience she'd be willing to talk about.

"There's more to come", a source with knowledge of the Daily Beast's reporting told Mediaite after the release of its story on Thursday. HuffPost reported past year that McGowan "withdrew her permission for NBC News to use the footage after she'd received legal threats from Weinstein". Besides, this wouldn't be the first time that the Powers That Be at NBC News ignored or squashed reports of abusive, powerful men. Farrow reached out to Auletta after encountering road blocks at NBC, which led to the stories landing in the New Yorker. Weinstein, through a spokesperson, has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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