Farrow also told Maddow that he was threatened personally with a lawsuit by Weinstein during the course of his reporting. "And it is not accurate to say it was not reportable and there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC". And while several of them would do so only anonymously - they consented to on-camera interviews with their identities disguised - there were two victims willing to go on the record with stories of harassment at the hands of the powerful Hollywood mogul.
"I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public", Farrow told Maddow.
For the second time in a year, NBC News has given away a major scoop to another news outlet. Though Farrow works for NBC, his expose was published in the New Yorker, prompting questions from many. In The New Yorker story, several women spoke on the record about their encounters with Weinstein. Ronan Farrow is a contributor at NBC News after his short-lived MSNBC series came and went. The video was leaked to The Washington Post, which broke the story ahead of NBC.
Early in his investigation, Farrow told multiple people he was working on the story for NBC.
In any case, sources said that Farrow arrived at the vaunted magazine with lots of reporting, and that they wonder why NBC News wasn't willing to see the story through after so many months. Sources told HuffPost that NBC had concerns related to the story's sourcing and cleared Farrow to take it to The New Yorker.
NBC was lambasted for spiking the story online, and many brought up a similar situation involving NBC a year ago. Farrow is the son of actress Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (although Mia Farrow has suggested that her son's father may actually be her former husband Frank Sinatra). He tweeted on Tuesday that his New Yorker article had been in the making for 10 months. And he has threatened to sue the New York Times for its October 5 story detailing lurid harassment claims and eight settlements paid over many years. The New Yorker story is said to be "radically different" from the material that was brought to NBC News. "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein", she said in a statement.
So, given that at least two arms of the NBC machine have made a decision to ignore the Weinstein story it's worth asking: Is NBC afraid of the former movie mogul - as Farrow implies - or were they engaged in a pattern of protecting him until the story got to big? Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, majority former employees, to tell their stories.