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NBC Responds to Allegations in Farrow’s ‘Catch and Kill’

Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill, a memoir about his investigative journalism, alleges that NBC may have tried to halt his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to protect Matt Lauer, former host of Today. Last week, the shocking details of the situation first came to light. After getting their hands on the book, NBC has responded to Farrow’s claims.

A memo sent out to NBC employees last week reads:

Now that we’ve read Farrow’s book, it’s clear — his smear rests on the allegation that NBC’s management knew about and took steps to hide Matt Lauer’s misconduct before his firing in November of 2017…Without that, he has no basis on which to rest his second conspiracy theory — that his Harvey Weinstein reporting was squashed to protect Lauer.

Noah Oppenheim, NBC News President, has adamantly disputed Farrow’s Claims. Via LA Times.

 

This story revolves around one woman that stepped forward before Lauer was fired: Brooke Nevils. Nevils filed a complaint against Lauer alleging he had raped her in a hotel room in Sochi, Russia during NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Olympics. Farrow’s book claims NBC executives knew about abusive patterns in Lauer’s behavior before it all came to a boil following Nevils’ complaint. Essentially, Farrow accused NBC of sweeping Lauer’s misconduct under the rug:

[NBC] brokered nondisclosure agreements with at least seven women who experienced alleged harassment or discrimination within the company. The agreements also alleged harassment or discrimination within the company … in most cases, the women received substantial payouts that parties involved in the transactions said were disproportionate to any conventional compensation for departing the company.

NBC has officially denied that they tried to cover up any of Lauer’s misconduct, pointing to the internal investigation they carried out in May of 2018 that found that no evidence of claims or settlements related to Lauer’s misconduct. NBC notes that the cases Farrow cites “involve employees who, by their own admission, made no formal complaint, and whose departures were completely routine.” Nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements are commonplace in the television industry, but the circumstances surrounding these cases are not the best.

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It seems the crux of the issue is whether Harvey Weinstein actually did put pressure on NBC executives. If Weinstein did use his knowledge of Lauer’s misconduct as leverage to cover up his own crimes, then Farrow’s conspiracy is confirmed in a way, since NBC higher-ups must have known what was going on then.

For now, the circumstances surrounding Lauer’s departure and the authenticity of Farrow’s new book have been significantly muddied. Catch and Kill has been marketed as an exposé of the lies and conspiracy to protect predators in media. Though NBC questions the authenticity of Farrow’s journalism, readers will ultimately have to decide for themselves who to side with.

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Ronan Farrow’s Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC Colleagues

Catch and Kill recounts Ronan Farrow’s investigation of Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s attempt to prevent him from publishing his findings in The New Yorker, and how Weinstein hired a private investigative firm to try to stop him. It also features a shocking interview with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee who first brought the complaint against Matt Lauer that got him fired from “Today” in 2017. When the story first broke, the media kept Nevils anonymous to protect her. But with the publication of Farrow’s new book, the full details of the allegations have been uncovered.

 

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We won’t go into too much detail here; you can read more about the exact details of the allegations here, here, and hereVariety was the first to break the story of these new allegations after receiving an advance copy of Catch and Kill. 

 

 

Suffice it to say Matt Lauer began a pattern of sexual assault and harassment that Nevils alleges began during the coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Nevils reports that Lauer forced himself upon her in a hotel room in Russia despite her protests.

 

Lauer at Sochi, via Getty Images

 

Lauer has denied the accusations, saying: “it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault.” Nevils has a different story. She claims she objected multiple times during the account before Lauer physically forced her against a door.

This Wednesday, hosts of the “Today” show Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb commented on the breaking story. Kotb said:

There are not allegations of an affair. There are allegations of a crime. And I think that’s shocking to all of us here who have sat with Matt for many, many years.

 

 

These new details cast doubt on the stance maintained by NBC that they had no knowledge of the claims against Lauer. Farrow uncovers seven other allegations and non-disclosure agreements, implying Lauer’s behavior was merely swept under the rug.

 

Harvey Weinstein, via Variety

 

Adding yet another wrinkle to an already complicated and tragic story, it appears Weinstein may have used the knowledge of Lauer’s misconduct as leverage to prevent the allegations against himself from becoming public. Farrow describes the situation, saying:

I’m very clear about the fact that Harvey was laying siege to NBC.

These latest details represent yet another grim chapter in the ongoing #MeToo debacle, and Farrows Catch and Kill joins the litany of other books published about the scandal.

 

 

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