NBC News reporter Ronan Farrow had the bombshell sex abuse story about Harvey Weinstein months ago, but the liberal news network refused to run it. So Farrow took it to rival New Yorker magazine, which published the story this week.
Underscoring that the left’s conspiracy of silence surrounding Hollywood depravity has business — as well as ethical — consequences, the New Yorker broke the biggest entertainment story of the decade because NBC News passed on it.
Farrow, the estranged son of director (and accused child molester) Woody Allen, appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show to discuss Weinstein’s three decades of sexual harassment and abuse.
“Why did you end up reporting this story for the New Yorker and not NBC News?” Maddow asked. Ronan played coy because NBC, the parent of MSNBC, is still his employer.
“You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story,” he said. “I’m not going to comment on any news organization’s story that they did or didn’t run.”
Farrow continued: “Over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so. And there are now reports emerging publicly about the kinds of pressure that news organizations face in this.”
Farrow revealed that Weinstein’s lawyers threatened to sue him if he published his story. “In the course of this reporting, I was threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein,” he said. “And we’ve already seen that the [New York] Times has been publicly threatened with a suit.”
Executives at NBC said they passed on Farrow’s exposé because it wasn’t “ready to go,” but he immediately shut down those claims. They’re especially absurd when you consider he had the proof: sickening audio of Harvey Weinstein harassing model Ambra Gutierrez (hear it below).
It’s also ridiculous when you consider how many fake-news stories NBC and other mainstream media outlets have run about Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia based solely on rumors and innuendo. Without a shred of proof.
“I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should’ve been public earlier,” Farrow recalled. “And immediately, the New Yorker recognized that. In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”
NEW YORKER: Harvey Weinstein caught on tape admitting to groping a woman’s breasts; 3 women now accuse him of rape. pic.twitter.com/cfVfBAfGJS
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 10, 2017
So far, 30 women — including A-list superstars Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — have come forward with their own stories of Weinstein’s harassment. Three women have accused the Democratic mega-donor of rape.
Weinstein’s predatory behavior was an “open secret in Hollywood” for 30 years, but sanctimonious leftist hypocrites kept silent because they didn’t want to lose acting jobs or be denied access to a wealthy political donor.
While Ronan Farrow is a known liberal, he’s not a hypocrite, because he spoke out against sexual abuse long before it became trendy this week.
In 2016, Farrow wrote an essay for the Hollywood Reporter, where he revealed that his estranged father, Woody Allen, sexually molested his adopted sister Dylan Farrow as a little girl.
It’s well-documented that Allen had a sexual relationship with Ronan’s other adopted sister, Soon-Yi, whom Allen later married. At the time he molested Soon Yi, Allen was dating her adoptive mom, actress Mia Farrow (Ronan’s biological mom).
In his 2016 THR essay, Ronan slammed Hollywood’s craven “culture of acquiescence” toward child molesters, rapists and other sexual predators:
“I believe my sister. This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at 5 years old, was troubled by our father’s strange behavior around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb — behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations.
Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film. There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister). He’ll have his stars at his side — Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions. It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done.
That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t.”
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