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Ronan Farrow says his Harvey Weinstein investigation could have aired on NBC

Ronan Farrow says his Harvey Weinstein investigation could have aired on NBC

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, sources told HuffPost. "And immediately New Yorker recognized that, and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable", Farrow said. And while several of them would do so only anonymously - they consented to on-camera interviews with their identities disguised - there were two victims willing to go on the record with stories of harassment at the hands of the powerful Hollywood mogul. Speaking to a videographer for The Daily Mail who noted that the show had made no mention of Mr. Weinstein, Mr. Michaels said, "It's a NY thing". He has continued to do reporting for NBC News, but is no longer under contract. One NBC News source stressed that Farrow's "early reporting" did not "meet the standard to go forward with a story".

It was never determined how the Post got the explosive tape from the show, which is produced by NBC. "In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC".

Farrow, who joined NBCUniversal in 2014 as a host on MSNBC, now works as a freelancer for NBC News, and had been investigating sexual-harassment allegations against Weinstein for ten months. Sources told HuffPost that NBC had concerns related to the story's sourcing and cleared Farrow to take it to The New Yorker.

What's more, there was some concern within NBC News about whether Farrow's involvement in the story created a conflict of interest.




Ronan Farrow, who is the son of Mia Farrow and is estranged from his father Woody Allen, has gone on record supporting his sister Dylan Farrow's accusations of improper behavior by their father. He tweeted on Tuesday that his New Yorker article had been in the making for 10 months.

"I'm not going to comment on any news organization's story that they did or didn't run", Farrow responded. "Look, you would have to ask NBC and NBC executives", Farrow said, but "I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so".

Multiple sources told THR that Farrow's reporting was reviewed by NBC News' legal department and that Kim Harris, who as lead counsel for NBCUniversal reports to CEO Steve Burke, was also reviewing the material.

Last year, NBC came in for criticism for withholding the Trump "Access Hollywood" tape until after The Post broke the story. Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, a lot of them former employees, to tell their stories.


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