Journalist Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book, “Catch & Kill,” is causing NBC News to push back on some of the allegations, including that they knew of sexual misconduct allegations against former NBC “Today Show” co-host Matt Lauer prior to Lauer’s firing.
The book details a “paper trail” of “multiple secret settlements and nondisclosures” that NBC News allegedly “struck with women at NBC News,” Farrow told ABC News. This is in regards to sexual misconduct allegations against Lauer.
NBC News, however, is criticizing Farrow for some of the allegations made in Farrow’s book.
According to The Daily Beast, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim penned a memo on Monday to staff to attempt to “fact-check Farrow’s assertion that network higher-ups had advanced knowledge of and downplayed a rape accusation against former Today anchor Matt Lauer, and worked to kill Farrow’s NBC investigation into disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.”
The NBC News president wrote:
“Farrow’s effort to defame NBC News is clearly motivated not by a pursuit of truth, but an axe to grind. It is built on a series of distortions, confused timelines, and outright inaccuracies.”
Oppenheim also wrote, “I feel absolutely terrible that these three employees were subjected to Matt Lauer’s horrific behavior, but the facts do not support Farrow’s allegation of a ‘cover-up,’ and he offers no further evidence.”
“We have no secrets and nothing to hide,” Oppenheim wrote.
Additionally, a spokesperson for the network said, according to The Hill:
“The first time we learned about Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct in the workplace was the night of November 27, 2017 and he was fired in 24 hours. Any suggestion that we knew prior to that evening, paid any ‘hush money,’ or tried to cover up any aspect of Lauer’s appalling behavior is absolutely false.”
According to New York Magazine’s Yashar Ali, a segment in Farrow’s book details a “particularly disturbing scene” of MSNBC President Phil Griffin previously sharing an inappropriate image of American entertainer Maria Menounos during a staff meeting.
Farrow’s book is expected to be released on Tuesday.