Sources: NBC Let Ronan Farrow’s Weinstein Story Slip Away


NEW YORK ― Ronan Farrow’s investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s lengthy historical past of alleged sexual misconduct was in NBC’s palms as not too long ago as August, in response to a number of sources each inside and outdoors the community. By then, Farrow, an NBC contributor and investigative reporter, had already obtained damning audio of an encounter Weinstein had with a lady, by which Weinstein admits to having groped her, sources advised HuffPost.

As a substitute, Farrow’s story — and the audio, from a 2015 New York Police Division sting — appeared Tuesday on the web site of The New Yorker. Sources advised HuffPost that NBC had issues associated to the story’s sourcing and cleared Farrow to take it to The New Yorker.

It’s not clear what these issues had been. In The New Yorker story, a number of ladies spoke on the document about their encounters with Weinstein. Amongst them had been Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino and filmmaker Asia Argento, the latter of whom stated Weinstein raped her.

The story relinquished by NBC, in response to a community supply, was “nowhere near what in the end ran within the NY Instances or the New Yorker.” The community declined to touch upon the document.

Curtis Houck, managing editor of NewsBusters, was amongst these elevating questions in regards to the NBC resolution.

Early in his investigation, Farrow advised a number of individuals he was engaged on the story for NBC. In at the very least one occasion, Farrow talked about that he had already carried out on-camera interviews for his expose. Two sources acquainted with Farrow’s reporting confirmed that he had performed on-camera interviews; it’s unclear if any of these interviews had been with the ladies who’ve accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.

Journalist Lynn Hirschberg, who has lined Hollywood for years, advised HuffPost that Farrow had referred to as her searching for assist for the story. “He stated he was doing a particular for NBC Information,” she stated. “He had any individual who was keen to be on digicam. He undoubtedly by no means stated a phrase in regards to the New Yorker….”

The problem, she stated, wasn’t with Farrow’s journalism, however with that of NBC: “It’s actually a query about NBC’s braveness.”

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