NBC told journalist Ronan Farrow his bombshell 2017 story about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct was not ready to air and he was even threatened by someone at the network when he made a decision to take the story elsewhere, according to a new report.
Rich McHugh, who left NBC News' investigative unit recently, said in a statement provided to CNN that the orders not to run the story came from "the highest levels of NBC". "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".
News tried to thwart an investigation into sexual harassment claims against former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein by calling off and even threatening its own journalists, media reports said.
The Daily Beast reported Thursday that new details from people familiar with the conversation revealed that NBC counsel Susan Weiner made "several" calls to Farrow in attempts to get him to quash his reporting.
"Three days before Ronan [Farrow] and I were going to head to L.A.to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, I was ordered to stop, not to interview this woman", an NBC News whistleblower told the far-left New York Times. 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".
According to the Daily Beast, Oppenheim is blaming his boss, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, for making him the scapegoat.
Ronan Farrow's bombshell report alleges now-former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman assaulted multiple women. And now the story behind the story threatens to upend a major news network. Right now it's the word of Farrow and his producing partner, Rich McHugh, versus NBC executives.
As Breitbart News reported previously, Oppenheim's conflicts of interest are jaw-dropping. "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". "And we granted him permission to do so".
With out disclosing the names of any executives fervent, McHugh described NBC as "resistant" to the eight-month investigation, and by August 2017 they were now now now not supportive and, in his behold, were "killing the Harvey Weinstein fable".
"The problem was, we didn't have a credible accuser on the record, on camera", Mr. Greenberg said. Weinstein, through a spokesperson, has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.