“It’s an example of how power protects power,” journalist Ronan Farrow told BuzzFeed News.
That’s how he describes Hillary Clinton’s reaction to learning Farrow planned to expose Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s numerous allegations of sexual abuse against women in the industry.
Farrow described for BuzzFeed how his reporting for his new book “Catch and Kill” caused issues with other projects that included Hillary Clinton, and how the former secretary of state became less cooperative when she realized Farrow was also focusing on Weinstein.
.@RonanFarrow on Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to speak with him after finding out he was writing about Harvey Weinstein: “It was a personal moment of gut-punch to me…where people that I thought would support that kind of reporting were actually very leery of it.” pic.twitter.com/kXnosN3mBR
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“There have been a lot of politicized headlines saying, you know, ‘Hillary Clinton squashed the Weinstein story’ and that’s not really what the book asserts,” Farrow said. “What it does assert is that as news of my reporting started filtering into political circles, and people like Hillary Clinton’s associates got word that I was working on Weinstein, allies of Weinstein did appear to become nervous.
“And it was raised with me as I was trying to schedule an interview with Hillary Clinton for my foreign policy book – which every other living secretary of state had agreed to an interview and she previously had agreed to an interview – that there was an apparent effort to cancel that interview after they raised concerns about the reporting on Weinstein,” he continued.
Farrow, son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen, is known for breaking high-profile scandals involving allegations of sexual abuse that ended the careers of powerful figures like Eric Schneiderman, the former Attorney General of New York, and former CBS CEO Les Moonves.
Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service last year for reporting in The New Yorker on the numerous allegations against Weinstein.
The 31-year-old told BuzzFeed he was careful not to stretch the truth about Clinton’s interference in Catch and Kill, but couldn’t avoid the fact that exposing Weinstein’s misdeeds was a problem for the former first lady.
“That was not an example that shows what Hillary Clinton was or was not thinking. I’ve very careful to say she says this is a coincidence, and maybe there were other reasons she got cold feet – and she did ultimately later when I said, ‘Hey, I’m going to have to disclose this weird conversation with me and then you’re the only missing secretary of state in this book, give me a brief phone interview,’ and she was gracious enough to do that – but it is an example of how power protects power,” Farrow said.
“Harvey Weinstein was one of Clinton’s big Hollywood bundlers. He brought in a lot of money for her. They were friends,” he continued. “And it was a personal moment of gut punch to me, like so many of these … in this book, where people I thought would support that kind of reporting actually were very leery of it.”
Farrow released Catch and Kill on Tuesday to expose how NBC News executives and others interfered with his attempts to document powerful men like Weinstein who are repeatedly accused of sexual abuse against women in subordinate positions.
Other industry leaders Farrow alleges were aware of Weinstein’s sexual attacks include Ben Affleck, Colin Firth, Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon, Brett Ratner, Donna Gigliotti, Quentin Tarantino and others, Business Insider reports.