In 2017, NBC's general counsel allegedly threatened to ruin Ronan Farrow if he didn't stop reporting on Harvey Weinstein - even though he'd already left the network.
According to a statement McHugh released to CNN on Thursday, he was ordered to kill the Weinstein story "from the highest levels of NBC", which adds was "unethical" and a "massive breach of journalistic integrity".
"I think it's fair to say that there was a point in our reporting where I felt there were obstacles to us reporting this externally, and there were obstacles to us reporting this internally", McHugh told the New York Times. "NBC disagreed because, unfortunately, he did not yet have a single victim of - or witness to - misconduct by Weinstein who was willing to be identified", the statement said. As for the smear allegation, NBC is calling this new information an "outright lie."
"Something else must have been going on", McHugh told CNN.
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NBC called the report "malicious distortion" in a statement to Fox News. "And we never met that threshold while Ronan was reporting for us".
The commentary continued: "In August of 2017, after NBC News assigned Ronan Farrow to review Weinstein and supported his reporting efforts for eight months, Farrow believed his reporting turned into ready for air".
Despite the network's defense, McHugh maintains that NBC mishandled the groundbreaking story. "I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier", he said. "Rich is a fantastic producer and journalist".
As Breitbart News reported previously, Oppenheim's conflicts of interest are jaw-dropping. "She'd never say Harvey Weinstein's name on camera with us".
The journalists who penned the Daily Beast report did not respond to request for comment from Deadline, nor did Farrow. NBC has pushed back hard against McHugh's claims, while Farrow has offered only praise for the producer.
NBC, a unit of Comcast, denied the allegations, repeating its claim that Farrow had failed to obtain credible accounts before leaving the network. "And we granted him permission to do so". The current accusations against NBC News, the accusation NBC News covered up a credible rape allegation, come from two left-wing media outlets and a producer who now works for Al Gore.