Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing charges of sexual assault and rape in both Los Angeles and New York.
Many of the allegations against Weinstein were reported by American investigative journalist Ronan Farrow.
In 2017, Farrow was investigating sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein for NBC News, but the network ultimately declined to publish his reporting.
In October 2017, Farrow published his Weinstein investigation in The New Yorker instead, which helped launch the #MeToo movement and later won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Since then, Farrow and Rich McHugh, his former investigative partner, have alleged that NBC tried to kill the story because of pressure from Weinstein’s lawyers and also to prevent sexual misconduct allegations against former “Today” show host Matt Lauer from becoming public.
In his book released October 15, 2019, “Catch and Kill,” Farrow alleges that Weinstein knew about allegations against Lauer and used that knowledge to pressure NBC executives to stop investigating him.
NBC has denied discouraging or obstructing the Weinstein reporting. The network claims it did not know of Lauer’s behavior until 24 hours before he was fired from NBC.
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Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is facing new charges of sexual assault and rape in Los Angeles as he stands trial for similar charges in a separate case in New York.
In October 2017, two separate investigations into allegations against Weinstein, one published in The New York Times and the other in The New Yorker, helped launch the global #MeToo movement.
Both publications went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their Weinstein reporting.
Ronan Farrow, the investigative journalist who reported the story for The New Yorker, has been ensnared in a heated back-and-forth with NBC since he left the network in 2017. Farrow was originally investigating Weinstein for NBC News in a freelance capacity, but the network ultimately declined to publish his reporting.
NBC did not respond to Business Insider’s specific questions for this story, but a publicist for the network passed along two internal memos — one from October 9, 2019, the other from October 14, 2019 — written by NBC executives to employees, refuting many of Farrow’s allegations.
Here’s a complete timeline of the tumultuous saga, from Farrow’s early reporting on Weinstein, which allegedly prompted surveillance and legal threats from the Hollywood producer himself, to the publication of Farrow’s book.
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Ronan Farrow’s newly released book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” hit bookshelves in October 2019. In the book, Farrow alleges that Harvey Weinstein used his knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations against NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer to pressure the network into dropping the investigation.
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