A former NBC producer who labored with journalist Ronan Farrow on his reporting of sexual assault allegations in opposition to Harvey Weinstein claimed the network lied to him on a number of events.
Rich McHugh advised “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday he additionally purportedly confronted NBC News President Noah Oppenheim about allegations in opposition to former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer.
“I think everybody who’s read the book, first of all — “Catch and Kill” — now see what it was about,” he mentioned.
“Ronan did an excellent job of connecting the dots. This was a very powerful person at the time. Harvey Weinstein was still one of the biggest, if not the biggest producer in Hollywood.”
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McHugh claimed Weinstein had “an extreme ability” to kill information stories.
“[He] had done it for years and I think this was about — I think he figured out that NBC had an Achilles’ heel… NBC had a ‘Matt Lauer problem’ and everybody was aware of it and I think Weinstein exploited that.”
He claimed a Weinstein lawyer was as soon as given “assurance” from NBC they’d not be doing a story on his shopper, including he had by no means heard of such a dynamic within the media enterprise.
To that extent, host Tucker Carlson requested McHugh about a bit in his current Vanity Fair piece on the matter, by which the ex-producer claimed he confronted Oppenheim in a gathering demanding to know whether or not the information chief had any indication Lauer had been accused of sexual misconduct.
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“That happened, yes,” he mentioned. “And, did I believe it? No.”
Later within the interview, Carlson mentioned McHugh claimed Oppenheim and Weinstein have been exchanging textual content messages and presents after his and Farrow’s report was rejected.
In response, McHugh mentioned he was disillusioned when he heard about that dynamic.
“I have no animosity against these people, but it’s clear to me that we were lied to over and over, and it’s just not right,” McHugh mentioned. “Especially coming from a news organization.”
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In his Vanity Fair story, McHugh wrote that the orders to cease reporting on Weinstein have been what led to his resignation from the network.
“[NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andrew] Lack and Oppenheim were the ones who were lying,” he wrote.
“They not only personally intervened to shut down our investigation of Weinstein, they even refused to allow me to follow up on our work after Weinstein’s history of sexual assault became front-page news. “
Farrow was later ready to have his reporting revealed within the New Yorker in 2017.