Ronan Farrow, an investigative reporter for NBC News, suggested the news network declined to publish his latest piece featuring the stories of various women who were sexually assaulted and harassed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
"Why did you end up reporting this story for The New Yorker and not NBC News?" MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked on Tuesday night during "The Rachel Maddow Show."
"You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story," Farrow responded. "I'm not going to comment on any news organization's story that they did or didn't run. I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so. And there are now reports emerging publicly about the kinds of pressure that news organizations face in this. And that is real."
MSNBC is owned by the NBCUniversal News Group.
Farrow said he was personally "threatened" with a lawsuit by Weinstein and noted that other outlets such as the New York Times, who originally broke the story about Weinstein's history of sexual harrassment, faced similar threats.
Maddow said NBC had declined to publish the story because they deemed it was not "publishable," but said it clearly had been ready to be published when pitched to the New Yorker.
"I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosive reportable piece that should have been public earlier and immediately obviously the New Yorker recognized that and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable," Farrow said. "In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC."
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Farrow writes in the New Yorker that three of the women he talked to claim Weinstein raped them; others said Weinstein assaulted them or that he exposed himself and pleasured himself in front of them.
"In the course of a 10-month investigation, I was told by 13 women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times' revelations, and also include far more serious claims," Farrow writes.
The New York Times originally reported last week Weinstein had allegedly sexually assaulted women over the course of 40 years.