Harvey Weinstein tried to pressure NBC News into killing Ronan Farrow’s investigation of his sexual misconduct by threatening to reveal similar behavior by former “Today” show host Matt Lauer, Farrow writes in his explosive new book.
Farrow ultimately published his Weinstein exposé with the New Yorker, shortly after The New York Times released a similar story, igniting a global reckoning that launched the #MeToo movement. Farrow outlines in his new book “Catch and Kill,” a preview of which Variety obtained, how his former employee, NBC News, obstructed his efforts to report the story.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the release of his book, Farrow also highlights the role that Lauer may have played in hindering his investigation.
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Farrow writes that Weinstein learned of Lauer’s history of alleged sexual misconduct during a 2017 meeting with Dylan Howard, chief content officer of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer. Weinstein used his alliance with AMI to pressure NBC News executives into killing Farrow’s story, in order to protect Lauer, according to Farrow.