An award-winning investigative journalist said Hillary Clinton pressured him to stop tracking the sexual assaults of Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
Journalist Ronan Farrow, 31, revealed in his new book “Catch and Kill” that in 2017, while trying to bring to light Weinstein’s “dirt” along with other New York Times journalists, he contacted Hillary Clinton about another matter concerning the new book she was writing.
The response from Hillary Clinton’s office was that they were uncomfortable with Ronan insisting on investigating one of his old friends and major Democratic donors.
The reporter recalled that Nick Merrill, Clinton’s publicist, told him over the phone—as he tried to close his interview with the former first lady—that the “big story” he was working on was a “concern for us.”
The journalist also suggested that Weinstein even went so far as to block the publication of his work by pressuring the NBC news network, for which he was working at the time. “I’m very clear about the fact that Harvey was laying siege to NBC,” Farrow told the Hollywood Reporter.
The reporter, who would end up publishing his reports on the allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, said Weinstein went so far as to ask his father, Woody Allen—with whom he does not have a good relationship after his sister decided to marry him, after accusing him of rape—to convince him not to expose his sexual crimes.
Hillary protected Weinstein even though she knew his record
According to reports in The New York Times—that previously buried a story that would have exposed Weinstein in 2004 according to The Wrap—Hillary tried to tear up Farrow’s investigation even knowing the multiple accusations of alleged misconduct and sexual abuse against the Hollywood tycoon.
“I just want you to let you know that Harvey is a rapist and this is going to come out at some point,” warned Lena Dunham, writer and actress, to Kristina Schake, deputy communications director for the campaign, and to Adrienne Elrod, a spokeswoman for Clinton who led efforts with famous activists, according to The New York Times.
“I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fundraisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault,” added Dunham.
“Weeks before Election Day, the producer helped organize a star-studded fundraiser: A Broadway night with Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway and others,” The New York Times concluded.