Ronan Farrow has written a new book titled Catch and Kill that will be released on October 15th in which he addresses Hillary Clinton and her campaign reaching out to him in order to quash the Harvey Weinstein expose with its many accusations of sexual assault. Clinton’s publicist, Nick Merrill, called him up and told him that the Weinstein story would be a major problem for Hillary’s campaign. Weinstein was a large donor to both her Senate and presidential campaigns. Her close friendship with a serial assaulter (No, I’m not talking about Bill this time) was getting a lot of press thanks to the #MeToo movement. Hillary eventually criticized Weinstein a couple of weeks after Farrow’s story appeared.
What we also learn is that while Weinstein’s move to leverage his relationship with Hillary Clinton was successful in putting pressure on Farrow, Weinstein was not able to leverage his relationship with filmmaker Woody Allen (Weinstein financed and produced a number of Allen’s films) to help him with Farrow.
Allen, who is Farrow’s father, reportedly told the soon-to-be-disgraced mogul, “Jeez, I’m so sorry. Good luck.”
Here’s the relevant Hollywood Reporter excerpt (emphasis mine):
Weinstein also attempted to leverage his long-term relationship with Hillary Clinton to pressure Farrow, he writes. In summer 2017, while Farrow was trying to lock down an interview with Clinton for his foreign policy book — while also still working on the Weinstein story — he received a call from Clinton’s publicist, Nick Merrill, who told him that the “big story” Farrow was working on was a “concern for us.” Then, in September 2017, according to an email cited in the book, Weinstein wrote to Deborah Turness, the ex-president of NBC News who now runs NBC News International, to propose a docuseries on Clinton. “Your Hillary doc series sounds absolutely stunning,” Turness responded.