Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book is already causing an explosive reaction to Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals.
The journalist who first broke the Harvey Weinstein story in 2017 unveils new details regarding the producer’s efforts to prevent his sexual assault allegations from making headlines.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this involved Weinstein threatening to publicize rumoured reports of Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct to scare NBC News into backing off a story about allegations against him — long before the former “Today” co-anchor was fired in 2017 for allegedly raping colleague Brooke Nevils.
In the book, Farrow suggests NBC was well aware of Lauer’s alleged behaviour well before the story broke.
“Weinstein made it known to the network that he was aware of Lauer’s behavior and capable of revealing it,” Farrow proclaims in his new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.
Farrow continues to report that Weinstein found leverage by by pointing to the growing reports that the National Enquirer had accumulated about Lauer’s alleged workplace misconduct.
NBC, however, denies ever being threatened by Weinstein or AMI, the parent company of the Enquirer. “NBC News was never contacted by AMI, or made aware in any way of any threats from them, or from anyone else, for that matter,’ said the network in statement to THR. “And the idea of NBC News taking a threat seriously from a tabloid company about Matt Lauer is especially preposterous, since they already covered him with great regularity.”
In addition, NBC continues to refute Farrow’s claims, reiterating that Lauer’s superiors had zero knowledge of his alleged misconduct before the news anchor lost his job in November 2017.
Weinstein faces charges of rape, predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual act, which he will face when his trial begins in January 2020.