By this point, according to a Daily Beast report, Farrow already had an on-air interview with actress Rose McGowan saying she was attacked by a Hollywood executive (she declined at this point to name Weinstein on air, though she would later), and a tape from the New York Police Department on which Weinstein admitted to groping model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.
Ronan Farrow's New Yorker exposé on Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual harassment and abuse sent shock waves throughout the entertainment community and made worldwide headlines. Rich McHugh, the journalist who worked with Farrow on the story at NBC, released a statement calling NBC's alleged actions "unethical" and "a massive breach of journalistic integrity". He told the Times that Farrow had asked to take the story elsewhere the day before the interview, so there was no reason for him to use a requested NBC crew.
Rich McHugh, a producer who has since left the network, told The New York Times for a story published Thursday night that "the very highest levels of NBC" worked to shut down the story before Farrow eventually left the network and published the story under a byline in The New Yorker.
"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", Mr. McHugh told the Times. McHugh left NBC just two weeks ago, and he alleges the network was resistant to their reporting on Weintstein, finally killing the story altogether in August.
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"He was never told to stop in the way he's implying", he told The Times Thursday. "One time it even happened when we were in the room", he said. NBC has pushed back hard against McHugh's claims, while Farrow has offered only praise for the producer. The current accusations against NBC News, the accusation NBC News covered up a credible rape allegation, come from two left-wing media outlets and a producer who now works for Al Gore. Sources close to Oppenheim, who publicly took responsibility, claim that he was operating under express orders from NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack and Senior Communications Vice President Mark Kornblau.
Oppenheim said problems arose with Farrow's story, which was missing on-the-record, on-camera interviews. "And we granted him permission to do so". Weiner, sources told the website, threatened to smear Farrow. He is the first NBC insider to go on the record and make the charge that the story was killed.
Auletta, a mediawriter for the New Yorker, helped Farrow find a home for the reporting after he parted with NBC.
"Ronan reached out to us and said: 'I want to get this out now".