Ronan Farrow's former producer says NBC News tried to block Weinstein story

NBC threatened to go after Ronan Farrow if he kept reporting on sexual harassment allegation against Harvey Weinstein reports say

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

Farrow has previously countered NBC claims that the Weinstein story was not well-reported enough to broadcast previous year.

In 2017, NBC's general counsel allegedly threatened to ruin Ronan Farrow if he didn't stop reporting on Harvey Weinstein - even though he'd already left the network.

The DB also reports claims about an ugly internal blame-game at NBC after Farrow's story broke at the New Yorker, reporting that while Oppenheim publicly took the blame for not running Farrow's report, he "privately told at least one colleague that NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack and senior communications vice president Mark Kornblau had made him a scapegoat".

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.

"Three days before Ronan and I were going to head to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, I was ordered to stop, not to interview this woman", McHugh said to the Times.

Farrow has said little about how NBC handled his reporting on Weinstein while he was at the network.

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In a statement to CBS News, an NBC News spokesperson says in part: "The assertion that NBC News tried to kill the Weinstein story while Ronan Farrow was at NBC an outright lie".

McHugh did not name which executives exerted pressure on the story.

Oppenheim, however, has yet to explain why audio tape of Weinstein (a big-time Democrat player and Clinton supporter, and the most powerful man in Hollywood at the time) admitting to groping women was not in and of itself a legitimate story.

Farrow, in a statement to the Times, appeared to validate McHugh's account.

"We said: 'You've asked for permission to go elsewhere". HuffPost reported past year that Oppenheim told Farrow that Weinstein's lawyers claimed Farrow had a conflict of interest because Weinstein had worked with Farrow's estranged father, Woody Allen.

In each of these instances, rather than bring in outside investigators to fully vet the scandal (as Fox News has done), NBC News chose to investigate NBC News, and each and every time NBC News was able to report that it found no wrongdoing at NBC News. The current accusations against NBC News, the accusation NBC News covered up a credible rape allegation, come from two left-wing media outlets and a producer who now works for Al Gore. The NBC spokesperson directed HuffPost to a statement that was provided to The Daily Beast: "We immediately were clear with Weinstein's legal team that we disputed the characterizations". "I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier", he said. "We were told to put the story on the back burner". HuffPost reported a year ago that McGowan "withdrew her permission for NBC News to use the footage after she'd received legal threats from Weinstein".

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