Harvey Weinstein requested Woody Allen to help him cease the “Annie Corridor” director’s estranged son, Ronan Farrow, from investigating intercourse abuse claims towards him, Farrow claims in his new guide.
In his bombshell tome “Catch and Kill’’, which went on sale Tuesday, Farrow says Weinstein known as his estranged dad within the fall of 2017 in a bid to hold the journalist from exposing the Hollywood producer as an alleged serial intercourse predator.
“Weinstein appeared to need a strategic playbook — for quashing sexual assault allegations, and for coping with me,” Farrow wrote.
The Miramax honcho “wanted to know if Allen would intercede on his behalf,’’ the guide stated.
Farrow stated his father — whom he doesn’t discuss to and believes molested his sister Dylan as a baby, an accusation Allen denies — declined to become involved.
“Jeez, I’m so sorry. Good luck,” Allen allegedly instructed Weinstein.
The guide — which particulars the roadblocks Farrow confronted as he tried to examine sexual misconduct allegations towards highly effective media figures — additionally claims filmmaker Brett Ratner tipped off Weinstein to Farrow’s deliberate exposé, even after the “Rush Hour” director promised the reporter his confidence.
Farrow stated he reached out to Ratner as he investigated the producer, requesting the director’s discretion whereas telling him there have been “weak ladies who may get blowback if Weinstein grew to become agitated.”
“Do you're feeling snug not repeating something I point out, for his or her sake?” Farrow requested Ratner, in accordance to the guide.
Farrow claimed that Ratner promised he wouldn’t and stated he knew of a girl who may need had an expertise with Weinstein.
However Farrow alleged that the “Crimson Dragon” director “virtually instantly” knowledgeable Weinstein of his inquiry.
Months later, Ratner would face his personal sexual harassment scandal involving six ladies.
Ranter’s lawyer, Marty Singer, denied the intercourse claims on the time and vehemently disputed Farrow’s guide declare Tuesday.
In the meantime, the guide additionally says Brooke Nevils — who revealed within the tome she accused then-NBC “At the moment” co-host Matt Lauer of rape, main to his ouster — tried to kill herself and suffered from post-traumatic stress dysfunction following her alleged 2014 assault.
Lauer’s former co-host, Meredith Vieira, “blamed herself” for not doing extra to defend Nevils from Lauer, Farrow writes.
Vieira was “distraught” when Nevils, her former assistant, got here to her residence in 2017 and alleged that she had been raped by a co-worker, in accordance to the guide.
As Nevils started to recall the alleged assault, Vieira stated, “It’s Matt, isn’t it?” in accordance to the guide. “I used to be desirous about it and he was the one one with sufficient energy over you to do this.”
Vieira urged Nevils to go to higher-ups to report the alleged assault, which led to Lauer’s firing.
The evening earlier than the guide hit cabinets, MSNBC host Chris Hayes broke together with his personal community as he praised Farrow’s work.
“One factor is indeniable. Ronan Farrow walked out of NBC Information whereas engaged on the Weinstein story and, inside two months, printed an unimaginable article at The New Yorker that not solely received a Pulitzer however helped set off a large social and cultural reckoning that continues to today,’’ he stated on “All in with Chris Hayes” Monday evening.
NBC has denied blocking Farrow’s story.
Weinstein stated via a rep: “As for the query of my going to Woody Allen, how would anybody in his proper thoughts suppose that Ronan Farrow would do something that Woody Allen requested? That is merely once more Ronan Farrow taking liberties with the information and creating drama and intrigue the place it by no means existed.”