NBC Blocked Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Investigation, Ex-Producer Says

NBC Blocked Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Investigation, Ex-Producer Says

NBC Blocked Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Investigation, Ex-Producer Says

Ronan Farrow, the investigative reporter who helped break allegations of sexual assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, was urged to give up on the story and even doubted his own intentions, he has revealed. 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". "That was unethical, and a massive breach of journalistic integrity".

McHugh also claimed that three days before they were going to interview someone with a "credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein" he was "ordered" to "stand down on the story altogether".

In order to tell his Weinstein story, Farrow was eventually forced to take his reporting to the New Yorker, where it was published two months later and won a Pulitzer Prize. Right now it's the word of Farrow and his producing partner, Rich McHugh, versus NBC executives.

McHugh today said NBC was "resistant" during the entire reporting process. Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, advised the Times: "He turned into never advised to total within the vogue [McHugh is] implying". "I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier", he said.

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The Daily Beast further reported that one of Weinstein's attorneys threatened Farrow by stating that NBC News had assured the attorney in writing that Farrow would not use any information he obtained about Weinstein while reporting the story for the network. "NBC disagreed because, unfortunately, he did not yet have a single victim of - or witness to - misconduct by Weinstein who was willing to be identified".

McHugh said that, despite mounting evidence, "I think it's fair to say that there was a point in our reporting where I felt there were obstacles to us reporting this externally, and there were obstacles to us reporting this internally". NBC has pushed back hard against McHugh's claims, while Farrow has offered only praise for the producer.

According to Oppenheim, Farrow's story wasn't meeting NBC's standards and so he was allowed to take it to the New Yorker. "We immediately were clear with Weinstein's legal team that we disputed the characterizations", the NBC spokesperson told The Daily Beast. NBC is a unit of Comcast Corp. Ingraham asked. "Do you this producer is blowing smoke here?" Not only does Oppenheim moonlight as a screenwriter, he shared a table with Weinstein at the Time 100 Gala in April of 2017, which, according to the timeline above, happened months after Farrow had started his investigation.

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