NBC News allegedly axed reporter Ronan Farrow’s explosive story about sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein after the ex-Miramax head honcho threatened to oust then-NBC host Matt Lauer for his sexual misconduct. This according to Farrow’s explosive new book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.”
“Weinstein made it known to the network [NBC News] that he was aware of Lauer’s behavior and capable of revealing it,” Farrow writes in his book, according to Hollywood Reporter. This was all an attempt by Weinstein To leverage his own guilt by tackling on Lauer to get NBC to kill the story. which they did. NBC News allegedly killed the story because of pressure from Weinstein.
NBC are denying this ever happened.
This is a serious allegation that could have major repercussions in terms of what the future holds for the higher over at both NBC and MSNBC. Cooperating with Weinstein and letting the Lauer fiasco slide could be detrimental to their wholesome and progressive #MeToo era image.
Oh, but it only gets worse.
Farrow goes on to describe in his book the cover-up and how Weinstein personally interacted with NBC News and MSNBC, including chairman Andy Lack, NBC president Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC president Phil Griffin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Farrow also suggests that management was aware of allegations of sexual assault against Lauer despite the network’s insistence that they didn’t know about the misdeeds until he was fired.