Updated information on NBC News' efforts to prevent Ronan Farrow from producing his bombshell after decades of sexual assault on Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein,
According to a report by The Daily Beast, NBC's efforts to prevent Farrow's story about Weinstein from being threatened by the network's General Counsel.
"According to several sources familiar with the matter, NBC News Attorney General Susan Weiner made a series of phone calls to Farrow and threatened to soil him if he continued to report on Weinstein," The Daily Beast reported.
NBC News vehemently rejected the allegations in a commentary to The Daily Beast.
The New York Times reported Thursday on Farrow's review of Weinstein at NBC News, citing journalist former network producer Rich McHugh, who "protested" two weeks ago. [1
"I think it's fair to say that in our reporting there was a point where I thought there were obstacles for us to report this externally, and there were obstacles for us, internally Report, "he told The Times. He accused the network of a "massive violation of journalistic integrity" and said he did not believe NBC ever said the truth about what really happened.
Sources told The Daily Beast that Farrow NBC news suspected President Noah Oppenheim as Hollywood scriptwriter – spoke with Weinstein about the story.
NBC told the Times that Farrow's play was simply not ready to be broadcast and that he was allowed to do the story elsewhere.
Rich Greenberg, the editor-in-chief of the NBC News investigative unit, said the network needed a local complaint in the camera. "The one we could hope for the next, Rose McGowan, retired," Greenberg said. "She would never say Harvey Weinstein's name in front of the camera with us."
McHugh's comments coincide with HuffPost's report last year, in which 12 people inside and outside of NBC News with direct knowledge of Farrow's reporting described a long struggle within the network executives attempting to prevent the reporter from publishing a story who won the Pulitzer Prize 2018 for the civil service, and helped to launch the Me Too Movement. Weinstein lost control of his company and became Paria in Hollywood
Farrow had already gathered powerful information, including an audio recording of Weinstein, who admitted that he had fumbled an Italian model and interviewed people who worked with Weinstein about the The atmosphere of abuse he cultivated, HuffPost reported in October. Farrow also had a prosecutor who was ready to go to camera. But NBC tried to stop the interview, insisting that Farrow, according to the HuffPost report, mentioned neither an NBC news crew nor his NBC news affiliation. On Thursday, freelancer Yashar Ali, who worked on the HuffPost report with editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen tweeted about the latest reports on Farrow's experience at NBC and included an explanation from McHugh.
McHugh also told The Times three days before he and Farrow went to Los Angeles Interview: "I was ordered … to limit myself to the story."
Oppenheim said that Farrow already had permission to do the story elsewhere and was no longer working for NBC. He also insisted that there was no external pressure to kill the story.
At least one former NBC employee spoke for McHugh on Twitter:
More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including Rape. He faces several sexual abuse charges in Manhattan.
Farrow, who continues to work for The New Yorker, writes a book Catch and Kill in which his account of his experiences at NBC is to be included examining Weinstein's story.