Former Producer Accuses NBC of Killing Weinstein Story

Former Producer Accuses NBC of Killing Weinstein Story

Former Producer Accuses NBC of Killing Weinstein Story

New information came out yesterday alleging that NBC's lawyer, Susan Weiner, called Farrow and threatened a smear campaign against him several times, according to the Daily Beast, which broke the story.

"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", Mr. McHugh told the Times.

Now, McHugh is speaking out, saying that NBC attempted to bury the Weinstein story, with orders coming from "the very highest levels of NBC", The New York Times reports. "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". Weiner reminded Farrow that as he continued his reporting on behalf of a separate news organization he should no longer represent himself as working on behalf of NBC News. The company says when it told Farrow the story wasn't ready for air, he took the report elsewhere.

McHugh's statement and interview with The New York Times ripped open a scab at NBC News.

He went on to say that appears NBC "didn't have the guts" to take on this story.

Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz criticized NBC News for their mishandling of the Harvey Weinstein bombshell report.

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"He was never told to stop in the way he's implying", he told The Times Thursday. Noah Oppenheim, who ran NBC News when it passed on Farrow's reporting, is still in charge. "Rich is a fantastic producer and journalist". And now the story behind the story threatens to upend a major news network.

"I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier", Farrow said.

The journalists who penned the Daily Beast report did not respond to request for comment from Deadline, nor did Farrow.

"He's a person of integrity, and he cared deeply about the investigative stories we worked on together and the importance of seeing them through", Farrow said of McHugh in a statement. NBC News advised him 'we won't stand in your manner, ' and allowed him to derive his reporting to The New Yorker, the attach, two months later, he printed a real share that cited the next victims by name: Asia Argento, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Lucia Evans, Emma de Canes, Jessica Barth, and Sophie Dix. NBC has pushed back hard against McHugh's claims, while Farrow has offered only praise for the producer. "And we granted him permission to do so".

NBC also conducted an investigation that cleared executives of any wrongdoing and claimed Weinstein had no influence over its decisions. Weinstein, through a spokesperson, has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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