When allegation broke that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had done terrible things to multiple women throughout his lucrative career, many Hollywood stars came forward to say they were unaware anything like that was happening. But as it turns out, more people knew about the sexual misconduct than wanted to admit, including major media outlets.
As TruthRevolt reported this week, The New York Times, which published the first bombshell report, sat on a similar story for 13 years because of pressure from Weinstein and his big name Hollywood friends. That’s 13 years longer that Weinstein was able to abuse hopeful actresses to gratify his aggressive sexual desires.
Now, we’ve learned that Ronan Farrow’s story that was published on Tuesday by the New Yorker, in which three actresses accuse Weinstein of rape, was in the hands of NBC News as early as August, sources say. HuffPost reported:
By then, Farrow, an NBC contributor and investigative reporter, had already obtained damning audio of an encounter Weinstein had with a woman, in which Weinstein admits to having groped her… Instead, Farrow’s story — and the audio, from a 2015 New York Police Department sting — appeared Tuesday on the website of The New Yorker.
Farrow appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC Tuesday evening and delivered the damning revelation on the very network that passed on his investigation. He told Maddow:
“Look, you would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details… I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so… In the course of this reporting, I was threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein and, you know, we’ve already seen that The Times has been publicly threatened with a suit…”
Maddow relayed the notion that NBC claims Farrow’s story wasn’t publishable in the form presented them, a claim the writer flatly denies:
“I walked into the door of the New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier. And immediately, obviously, the New Yorker recognized that and it is not accurate to say that was not reportable. In fact, there were multiple determinations that was reportable at NBC.”
Watch the rest of the segment below: