A producer at NBC News who worked closely with Ronan Farrow as he was putting together material for his expose on Harvey Weinstein — a story NBC passed on that was eventually published by The New Yorker — says an order to halt the reporting came from “the very highest levels of NBC.”
The New York Times reports: “Rich McHugh, the producer, who recently left his job in the investigative unit of NBC News, is the first person affiliated with NBC to publicly charge that the network impeded his and Mr. Farrow’s efforts to nail down the story of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct. He called the network’s handling of the matter ‘a massive breach of journalistic integrity.’”
Farrow reportedly spent months gathering material on Weinstein while Farrow was at NBC News.
NBC denied McHugh’s characterization this week, the report notes, with the network repeating a previous suggestion that Farrow’s work was not ready for broadcast at the time he decided to bring it to The New Yorker.
But the Times piece says McHugh “described NBC as ‘resistant’ throughout the eight-month reporting process.” The Times quotes McHugh saying: “Three days before Ronan 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. And to stand down on the story altogether.”
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