Ronan Farrow’s ex-producer accuses NBC of putting brakes Harvey Weinstein reporting

Ronan Farrow

In an extensive report by the Daily Beast yesterday, Weiner is said to have called Farrow repeatedly after he left NBC News and was working on his Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker exposé of the now much accused Weinstein, who is facing a potential life behind bars in a sex crime case in NY.

An NBC News spokesperson said in a statement that "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".

The Times and The Daily Beast both revisited NBC's handling of the story this week, with the Beast reporting that NBC News general counsel Susan Weiner had threatened to "smear" Farrow if he refused to drop the matter. "There's no truth to that all".

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

But that's exactly what happened at NBC News, where Farrow started his work on it.

While The Daily Beast's upcoming story is hanging ominously over NBC News, Ronan Farrow's upcoming book Catch and Kill could join with the expose to create a brutal 1-2 punch.

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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. "We immediately were clear with Weinstein's legal team that we disputed the characterizations", the NBC spokesperson told The Daily Beast. "I knew that Weinstein was calling NBC executives directly", he added. NBC News's executive editor Rich Greenburg also alleges Farrow's story did not meet their standards at the time, as there were no witnesses willing to go on camera, "The one we had the closest hope of getting, Rose McGowan, pulled out". NBC News told him 'we will not stand in your way, ' and allowed him to take his reporting to The New Yorker, where, two months later, he published a strong piece that cited the following victims by name: Asia Argento, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Lucia Evans, Emma de Caunes, Jessica Barth, and Sophie Dix.

From there, Farrow's story helped bring down Weinstein and his media empire, winning a Pulitzer Prize and leaving many with questions about how NBC could have let such a sensational scoop slip away.

A review of the NBC News masthead confirms that letting the story of the year go to a competitor has had no consequences for top NBC management. Andrew Lack remains the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC.

It's safe to say that NBC News has a lot to answer for.

News has issued the following statement in response to the story and accusations that it tried to stifle the Harvey Weinstein story by Ronan Farrow. He is now writing a book about his experience with the network, titled Catch and Kill.

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