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Does NBC have a Harvey Weinstein protection problem?

Does NBC have a Harvey Weinstein protection problem?

During Tuesday's MSNBC interview Farrow revealed that he too was "threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein". "And it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable".

"NBC says the story wasn't publishable, that it wasn't ready to go by the time you brought it to them", Maddow said.

Farrow's New Yorker piece includes harrowing descriptions of Weinstein's behavior from women including Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino. "We launched [Farrow] on that story, we encouraged him to report that story", he said.

NBC News President Noah Oppenheimer defended the decision to let the story go on Wednesday and addressed criticism - "the noise", he called it - that NBC had given a pass to another powerful man. "It was assigned at NBC, they've talked about how long it was there and the fact that there was a lot while it was there".

It was never determined how the Post got the explosive tape from the show, which is produced by NBC. Two sources familiar with Farrow's reporting confirmed that he had conducted on-camera interviews; it's unclear if any of those interviews were with the women who have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.

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NBC was lambasted for spiking the story online, and many brought up a similar situation involving NBC previous year. Portions of the audio - which stemmed from the investigation into charges made by model and actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez - was released with The New Yorker story and has been played incessantly as major media outlets have picked up Farrow's reporting.

According to HuffPost, an NBC source claimed Farrow's story for NBC was "nowhere close to what ultimately ran in the NY Times or the New Yorker". He tweeted on Tuesday that his New Yorker article had been in the making for 10 months.

Weinstein has denied many - though not all - of the allegations, including all accusations of sexual assault. "I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so", he said. "My understanding is while the story was at NBC, you had three named women, the full NYPD audio and every one of the quoted executives and employees that you referenced earlier in your story, you had them all".

Multiple sources told THR that Farrow's reporting was reviewed by NBC News' legal department and that Kim Harris, who as lead counsel for NBCUniversal reports to CEO Steve Burke, was also reviewing the material. "Access Hollywood" is owned by NBC, and Bush had recently joined NBC News as a "Today Show" co-host. "We supported him and gave him resources to report that story over many, many months".


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