Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably heard about Hollywood big shot Harvey Weinstein's fall from grace following several damning reports about his sexual misconduct. Both the New York Times and the New Yorker published huge exposés about his decades of abuse towards actresses and employees, some of whom are big household names.
The New Yorker post was written by Ronan Farrow, son of actress Mia Farrow. Farrow was interviewed by Rachel Maddow for MSNBC about his piece, and she most wanted to know: why hasn't this all come out sooner?
Specifically, Maddow wanted to know why Farrow's piece didn't run at NBC, where he is employed as a correspondent. Farrow responds by saying, "You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details. I'm not going to comment on any news organization's story that they did or did not run."
But he also reveals that litigation almost kept him from publishing the story.
"In the course of this reporting, I was threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein," Farrow explains.
The implication is that NBC was afraid of Weinstein's power, which until this past week has seem impenetrable. It was fear of what Weinstein could do to their careers that kept so many young women silent for so long. Just the same, Farrow seems to have no respect for NBC's hesitation.
"I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively 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. In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC," Farrow says.
Later in the interview, Maddow asked: 'Why did you end up reporting this story for The New Yorker and not NBC News?'
"You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story. I’m not going to comment on any news organization’s story that they did or didn’t run."
NBC executives probably aren't happy with Farrow saying they chickened out on publishing one of the most explosive non-political stories of the year, but at least one person is super proud of what Farrow has done: his mother.
And basically everyone else in media:
And also Harvey Weinstein's victims, who now have each other's support to finally speak out: