Former NBC employee Emily Miller says she was sexually harassed at network: ‘I knew I had to leave’

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Conservative pundit and former NBC staffer Emily Miller said Sunday that she had no choice but to leave the network because she was repeatedly sexually harassed by executives.

In an interview with Howard Kurtz on Sunday, Miller discussed NBC’s recent decision by Andy Lack to step down as the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC.

Miller kicked off the interview saying that Lack’s decision to suppress reporting by Ronan Farrow regarding Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein will permanently mar his legacy. In addition, she noted that the New York Attorney General’s Office is currently probing NBC regarding harassment claims that are linked to Lack.

“When you worked at NBC News in the 1990s… did you have any experience with sexual harassment?” Kurtz asked Miller.

“I did,” she answered. “I did suffer from sexual harassment and from older men and men in power. They made it very clear some of the exchanges that would have to happen in order for me to be promoted there. And I was so young, so naive I didn’t even really understand what was going on. I knew that I had to leave.”

Miller left NBC to go to ABC, she said.

In August 2018, former NBC News producer Rich McHugh explained the lengths the network went to in order to kill Farrow’s reporting on Weinstein, noting the reporter was blocked at “the very highest levels of NBC.”

He added that NBC’s actions were “a massive breach of journalistic integrity.”

“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,” McHugh said. “And to stand down on the story altogether.

“Those orders came to me from the highest levels of NBC. That was unethical, and a massive breach of journalistic integrity,” he continued.

In his interview with Miller, Kurtz asked if any of the interactions she experienced during her time at NBC were “physical,” and she said that “one was.”

She also said everyone who harassed her still works at NBC.

Noting that she didn’t “want to get into a public debate about this,” Miller said she has been contacted by the New York Attorney General’s Office and would cooperate with the agency’s investigation if she is asked.

“I do have evidence of, I would say, exchanges that were asked of me when I was really young,” she said.

“What’s really concerning here is that NBC Comcast, which is a publicly-traded company, has been just getting rid of these bad guys like Matt Lauer, who…is locking his door for some woman to have sex with him, and Chris Matthews, who I know was” the “primary source, person” the New York attorney “was going after,” are merely fired and not held responsible legally.

She noted that “NBC, which is supposedly a news organization, instead of actually investigating itself, having an outside law firm investigate it – which is how every other network that’s been caught up in this whole #MeToo system – is that they’ve had outside investigators look at what these accusations are. NBC has refused.”

For the record, Kurtz noted that Matthews has never been accused of sexual assault, only that he made sexually inappropriate comments.

Near the end of the segment, Miller said she believes that the New York attorney’s office will “shut down both Comcast and NBC and file charges” if the company doesn’t act on its own to clear out “bad actors.”

“These executives have got to go, they’ve got to clean house and get good people in there instead of all these bad actors,” she said.

After the interview, Miller took to Twitter to offer further explanations and context to her allegations.

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