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An NBC News chairman hit back Wednesday at a book that details how Harvey Weinstein allegedly pressured the outlet into dropping a story.
Journalist Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” gives a detailed account of the sexual assault allegations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul and the cover-up attempts made by those “from Hollywood to Washington and beyond,” an Amazon description of the book reads.
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“It disappoints me to say that even with passage of time, Farrow’s account has become neither more accurate, nor more respectful of the dedicated colleagues he worked with here at NBC News,” NBC-MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack wrote in a staff-wide memo Wednesday obtained by Erik Wemple, a media critic at The Washington Post. “He uses a variety of tactics to paint a fundamentally untrue picture.”
Farrow’s book expands on his story about Weinstein published in The New Yorker on Oct. 10, 2017. The article details sexual assault allegations 13 women made against Weinstein. Farrow alleges in his book that Weinstein pressured NBC News into dropping the story because he knew of former NBC host Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct allegations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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NBC News denied the claims in a statement Wednesday. Lack’s memo noted that NBC News gave Farrow permission to publish the story with another outlet while he was a working for NBC.
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