In his new book, Ronan Farrow reveals how Hillary Clinton’s publicist, Nick Merrill, pressured him to dropping his investigation on Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein is a close friend of the Clintons and long-time supporter.
Farrow writes in the book that he received a call from Merrill, who told him that the Weinstein story he was working on was “a concern for” the Clintons.
“Weinstein also attempted to leverage his long-term relationship with Hillary Clinton to pressure Farrow, he writes. In summer 2017, while Farrow was trying to lock down an interview with Clinton for his foreign policy book — while also still working on the Weinstein story — he received a call from Clinton's publicist, Nick Merrill, who told him that the "big story" Farrow was working on was a "concern for us." Then, in September 2017, according to an email cited in the book, Weinstein wrote to Deborah Turness, the ex-president of NBC News who now runs NBC News International, to propose a docuseries on Clinton. "Your Hillary doc series sounds absolutely stunning," Turness responded.
Weinstein's tentacles even stretched to Farrow's own estranged father. Days before the Times story broke, Weinstein is said to have called Allen on a film set in Central Park, soliciting advice about how to deal with his son. Allen declined: "Jeez, I'm so sorry. Good luck."
The Week’s Brendan Morrow reports, “this wasn't the only way Weinstein allegedly attempted to kill the investigation”...
“...with Farrow also reporting that Weinstein put pressure on NBC to spike the story by making it "known to the network that he was aware of [Matt] Lauer's behavior and capable of revealing it." NBC News ultimately did not run Farrow's story, with NBC News Chair Andy Lack saying in 2018 it was not "yet fit to broadcast."