Catch and Kill: Podcast Tape Brought Ronan Farrow’s podcasts and books,”Hunting: lies, spies, and conspiracy to protect predators,”, featuring screen interviews, archival footage and official documents.
In the fourth episode of the documentary series, Farrow and investigative reporter and producer Rich McHugh reflect on National Broadcasting Corporation Close their stories about sexual assault allegations Harvey Weinstein.
The investigative duo conducted multiple interviews with victims, including actor Ross McGowan, who was one of the first people to speak publicly about sexual assault and harassment, especially about Harvey Weinstein. But as more and more women came forward to talk to Farrow, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim asked him and McHugh to suspend their coverage, citing concerns that Farrow had signed a nondisclosure agreement with a woman. The conversation will have a legal impact.
On August 18, 2017, eight months after the report began, Farrow and McHugh were ordered to stop all reports related to Weinstein.
In the end, Farrow decided to hand over his investigation report to The New Yorker, and in October 2017 published a groundbreaking article “From Radical Proposal to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s accusers describe their story”.
Farrow subsequently published Hunting: lies, spies, and conspiracy to protect predators, Which included an explosive interview with Brooke Nevils, a former NBC news employee, about her encounter with Matt Lauer.
Who is Matt Lauer?
Matt Lauer is an American journalist and former TV news personality, known for his career in NBC News.
He joined the company in 1992 as the co-anchor of Today, an early weekday news program in New York.
After serving as the news anchor of the “Today Show”, he was widely known in the United States, and he played this role from 1994 to 1997.
Starting in 1997, Raul became the co-host of NBC Today’s show until November 2017, when an unidentified female NBC employee accused him of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” when he was fired by the company.
The woman reported that Raul sexually harassed her while reporting on the 2014 winter show. Olympic Games In Sochi, Russia. She also claimed that when they returned to New York, the harassment continued.
in a statement After being fired, Raul apologized for his actions and said: “Some of the remarks about me are untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
He added: “Repairing the damage takes a lot of time and soul-searching, and I am committed to starting this work. Now this is my full-time job. The past two days have forced me to look very seriously at the disturbing flaws of my self. This has been It’s humble. I am lucky to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
in Catch and Kill: Podcast TapeFarrow recalled that a few weeks after his article published in The New Yorker in October 2017, NBC came out with “more news.” Farrow and McHugh then directly talked about Raul’s dismissal and the contact with the Weinstein report that they were shut down in August 2017.
McHugh recalled that Noah Oppenheim arranged to meet with the staff after announcing his dismissal. He said: “He called this meeting and told about a sad day for NBC. Matt Lauer was fired. A brave young woman came forward. She described the serious allegations against him, so we took In order to act, we fired him.”
At the meeting, Oppenheim told the staff that this was the first formal accusation against Raul. McHugh searched the files for any hidden records, but found nothing.
He said: “We went back and checked. We checked all the documents and every room in this building, and there was nothing. There was no information about Matlauer.”
Farrow then explained that in the next few months, Oppenheim and NBC Universal Attorney Kim Harris would “swear” that they were not aware of any complaints of sexual misconduct against Raul or anyone else. They more broadly insist that in the past six or seven years, they have not reached any “sexual harassment settlement” with anyone involved in the company.
However, Farrow found that within the timeline set by Oppenheim and Harris, there were seven reconciliations with female sexual harassment, which was called “enhanced severance pay.” These agreements link confidentiality clauses to large amounts of money when women leave or are “forced” to leave.
Farrow concluded: “So, just as NBC argued that we could not report on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment settlement agreement, they insisted on their position.”
When the news of Raul’s dismissal was announced, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack sent a memo to employees, which read: “On Monday night, we received a colleague about Matt Raul’s work in the workplace. Detailed complaints of sexual misconduct.
“Although this is the first time he has filed a complaint about his behavior in more than 20 years at NBC News, we also have reason to believe that this may not be an isolated incident.”
in Hunting: lies, spies, and conspiracy to protect predators Farrow cited two sources from American media companies (publishers of the National Enquirer) who stated that Weinstein had informed NBC that he was aware of Raul’s sexual misconduct and could disclose details. Both Farrow and McHugh believe that NBC decided to close their Weinstein story to protect Raul and their reputation.
NBC in a statement Vanity Fair, Denies that he has received threats from American media companies.
In the two weeks after Raul was fired, more women publicly accused Raul of sexual assault. NBC admitted three other cases of sexual misconduct between 2000 and 2007 by Raul. Gentleman reports.
In his book, Farrow revealed that one of the alleged victims was Brooke Nevilles. She said that Raul raped her in his hotel room, and the two reported for NBC in Sochi in 2014. Winter Olympics.
Farrow also pointed out in his book that Nevilles had sexual encounters after the initial rape, but she insisted that these were “transactional” and only participated out of fear of her career.
After Farrow’s book was published in October 2019, Nevilles accused Raul of raping her. Raul media, Confirming that he and Nevils had a consensual sexual relationship, and that this relationship began in Sochi in 2014.
He denied that their first meeting in Sochi was “non-consensual” and added that the statement in the book was “absolutely wrong, ignoring facts and ignoring common sense.”
Today, people know very little about Raul. On September 7, 2019, Raul and his wife of 20 years divorced after two years of separation.
In December 2019, he began dating Shamin Abas, his friend who has been in love for 15 years.
Catch and Kill: Podcast Tape Aired every Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time HBO. Episodes 1 to 4 are now playing on HBO Max.