Ronan Farrow Claims He Also Received Threats From National Enquirer And Its AMI Parent Corp.

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Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow has claimed that the National Enquirer and its parent corporation American Media Inc. threatened him over his work, echoing complaints made earlier today by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
In a series of tweets, Farrow said A…

Ronan Farrow Says He Has Also Faced ‘Blackmail Efforts From AMI’

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Ronan Farrow had a message for Jeff Bezos on Thursday: Me, too.

Farrow, whose journalistic efforts have detailed sexual misconduct accusations against the likes of Les Moonves and Harvey Weinstein, took to Twitter on Thursday to express solidarity with Amazon boss Bezos, after Bezos said that he had received a blackmail threat from National Enquirer parent company AMI.

In response to a tweet from Bezos on Thursday, Farrow tweeted, “I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer’s arrangement with Trump fielded similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from AMI.”

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Farrow added, “(I did not engage as I don’t cut deals with subjects of ongoing reporting.)”

TheWrap has reached out to a spokesman for AMI for comment on Farrow’s tweet.

On Thursday, Amazon CEO Bezos accused AMI of trying to blackmail him into dropping an investigation into how the tabloid obtained his personal text messages and photos with Lauren Sanchez, with whom he was reported to have had an affair.

In a lengthy Medium post, Bezos said that people working for David Pecker, the chairman and CEO of the tabloid’s parent company, American Media Inc., threatened to publish the intimate photos if he refused to cooperate.

Bezos went on to say that the tabloid tried to extort him and his security boss, Gavin de Becker, into issuing a public statement saying that AMI didn’t have a political agenda when it pursued a story about Bezos and Sanchez.

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“In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal: They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we ‘have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces,’” Bezos wrote.

A rep for AMI didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Bezos’ accusations.

“Nothing I might write here could tell the National Enquirer story as eloquently as their own words,” Bezos wrote. He then posted an email in which the company threatened to release a photo of his penis, among other photos.

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Last month, The National Enquirer published purported details of Bezos’ personal life from before the Amazon CEO filed for a divorce from his wife. The Enquirer also published leaked text messages between Bezos and Sanchez.

Bezos hired an investigator to find out how the texts and photos found their way to the tabloid, and whether the publication was seeking revenge for reporting done by the Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos.

Read Farrow’s tweet below.

I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer’s arrangement with Trump fielded similar “stop digging or we’ll ruin you” blackmail efforts from AMI. (I did not engage as I don’t cut deals with subjects of ongoing reporting.) https://t.co/kHQdWIkVjV

– Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 8, 2019

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Ellie Kemper on Ronan Farrow’s Surprise Cameo in #MeToo Episode

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 408 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Journalist Ronan Farrow has helped take down powerful Hollywood and media moguls like Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves and Eric Schneiderman. And in the final six episodes of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” he adds the puppet Mr. Frumpus to the list of men whose sexual abuse accusations he’s unearthed. You know, fictionally speaking.

Farrow makes a surprise cameo as himself in Season 4B of the comedy, which dropped Friday, when the famous reporter calls up Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) best friend Titus (Tituss Burgess) in Episode 408 (titled “Kimmy Is in a Love Square!”) to ask him to come forward with his story about being harassed by the orange puppet while trying to land a part on “Sesame Street.”

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Eventually Farrow is able to convince Titus to head over to the New Yorker offices to go on the record — getting an, “Oh, my God! You are beautiful. Puppets must be constantly hitting on you!” from the aspiring actor in the process — and that’s about all we see of the journalist on the show’s special #MeToo-centric episode.

Kemper told TheWrap the cameo “worked perfectly” — though she has no idea how the Tina Fey-created series managed to land Farrow for the gig.

“My sense is that, I think he liked the show. (laughs),” she said. “And I think he did it pretty willingly. And obviously he’s a pretty busy man, so I think there was one window where we could get him.”

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“And he was in the script, like at the table read, as Ronan Farrow,” she continued. “And I think that was subject to change based on availability and interest. But we read the table script a week before we get the shooting draft, so I guess in that week they confirmed him!”

Kemper said she “was sad because I didn’t get to meet him” — seeing as this was really Titus’ storyline and Kimmy was busy kinda dating her boyfriend’s parents in that episode (long story) — “but I thought he was such a good sport for doing that.”

The final six episodes of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” are streaming now on Netflix.

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Turmoil At The TV News Divisions Shows No Signs Of Ending In 2019

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Ronan Farrow: Society “Crossed A Rubicon” In Recognizing Sexual Violence – New Yorker Festival

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Laura Ingraham Calls for Ronan Farrow’s Pulitzer Prize to Be Revoked

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Laura Ingraham reacted to New Yorker reporters Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer’s story of a second woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, with the Fox News host demanding on Monday that Farrow’s Pulitzer Prize be revoked.

“So this is Ronan Farrow, they should take his Pulitzer back for this. Go find Ronan and take his Pulitzer back, OK?” she said on her radio show. “He actually did great reporting when it came to the [Harvey] Weinstein stuff — because that was someone who was a dirtbag his whole life, his entire life. Now you’re taking a good man and going back to college and high school to try to destroy him. That’s what it’s about.”

The clip was first flagged by the professional Fox News watchers at Media Matters for America. 

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On Sunday, the New Yorker published an account of Deborah Ramirez, who offered a graphic description of Kavanaugh while the two were both intoxicated at a party during their Freshman year at Yale.

Per the New Yorker:

After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident.

The account immediately come in for scrutiny, with New York Times reporter Peter Baker tweeting out that his publication had passed on the story for lack of substantiating evidence.

“The Times interviewed dozens to corroborate 2nd allegation against Kavanaugh and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ramirez told ex-classmates she couldn’t be certain Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself,” he said.

The Times interviewed dozens to corroborate 2nd allegation against Kavanaugh and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ramirez told ex-classmates she couldn’t be certain Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself. ⁦@SherylNYT⁩ ⁦@npfandoshttps://t.co/lGVc4hJzEU

— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 24, 2018

Kavanaugh also faces an allegation from California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who says the judge sexually assaulted her while drunk at a party in high school. Kavanaugh has categorically denied both allegations.

Fox News hosts, including Ingraham, and Sean Hannity, have largely lined up behind President Trump who has defended his Supreme Court nominee and suggested that the women coming forward were politically motivated.

The New Yorker, along with the New York Times, won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service for stories by Farrow for exposing the decades-long sexual predation of Harvey Weinstein.

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Ronan Farrow Defends Report On New Kavanaugh Accuser In Testy ‘GMA’ Interview

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Ronan Farrow Says Second Kavanaugh Accuser Came Forward Because ‘Senate Democrats Began Looking’

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Tom Arnold & Mark Burnett In Pre-Emmys Scuffle; Arnold Says Trump ‘Apprentice’ Tapes “Handed Over” To Ronan Farrow

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Tom Arnold has accused Mark Burnett of attacking him at a pre-Emmys party on Sunday night. The outspoken host of upcoming Viceland series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes tweeted that Burnett, Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television, “just went apesh*t …

Woody Allen Thinks Ronan Farrow Is His Son – ‘But I Wouldn’t Bet My Life on It’

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Woody Allen says although in his eyes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow is his son, he “wouldn’t bet my life on it.”

Allen joined his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, during an interview for New York magazine posted Sunday when writer Daphne Merkin slipped him a question about the Farrow’s paternity. Although he and Mia Farrow raised him, it has long been speculated that Ronan’s biological father was Frank Sinatra, whom Mia was married to the ’60s.

“In my opinion, he’s my child,” Allen answered. “I think he is, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it. I paid for child support for him for his whole childhood, and I don’t think that’s very fair if he’s not mine. Also, she represented herself as a faithful person, and she certainly wasn’t. Whether she actually became pregnant in an affair she had…??…”

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Farrow’s resemblance to the late crooner has sparked speculative chatter, which the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has taken in stride. And Mia Farrow has not only not discouraged the rumor, she has added fuel to it. When Vanity Fair asked her in 2013 if Sinatra was Ronan Farrow’s father, she replied simply, “Possibly.”

Dylan & Ronan Farrow Defend Mother And Slam Soon-Yi Previn’s “Bizarre Fabrications”

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Soon-Yi Previn Defends Woody Allen, Says Mia Farrow ‘Has Taken Advantage of the #MeToo Movement’

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Soon-Yi Previn has broken a long silence about her husband Woody Allen and her adopted mother, Mia Farrow, defending Allen against accusations of abuse and saying she can’t “come up with a pleasant memory” about Farrow.

Farrow accused Allen of sexually abusing their daughter, Dylan, in August 1992 — months after she learned of his relationship with Previn, her adopted daughter with musician Andre Previn. Allen and Soon-Yi Previn married in 1997.

“I was never interested in writing a ‘Mommie Dearest,’ getting even with Mia — none of that,” Previn says in a New York Magazine story posted Sunday night. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan [Farrow] as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”

Ronan Farrow has denounced the New York Magazine article as “shameful” and a  “hit job, written by a longtime admirer and friend of Woody Allen’s.”

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According to the New York Post, O’Sullivan Farrow believes the same, that writer of the article, Daphne Merkin, was hand-picked by Allen because the two have been friendly for years. The daily paper said that Dylan’s camp pointed to passages from Merkin’s 2014 book, “The Fame Lunches,” in which Merkin wrote that the two met after she sent Allen a fan letter.

Soon-Yi Previn said Farrow, who adopted her when she was a small child, “wasn’t maternal to me from the get-go,” and would “arbitrarily” show “her power” by slapping her and calling her “stupid” or a “moron.” When writer Daphne Merkin asked her for a positive recollection from her years with Farrow, she answered, “It’s hard for someone to imagine, but I really can’t come up with a pleasant memory.”

Previn recalled a time when they all lived on Martha’s Vineyard, where she said she wiggled her way into a paddling pool with her younger siblings, causing one of them to get hurt. That, she said, set off her mother in a tirade.

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“Look what you’ve done! You never listen! I should send you to an insane asylum!” Previn said Farrow screamed. “I was shaking. I was so scared I thought she was actually going to put me in an insane asylum — and I understood what it meant.”

She also said Farrow once held her upside down by her feet “to get the blood to drain to my head. Because she thought — or she read it, God knows where she came up with the notion — that blood going to my head would make me smarter or something.”

Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow and her mother have said that Allen molested Dylan in 1992, when she was 7 years old, in a crawl space in Farrow’s Connecticut home.

Prosecutors did not press charges, and the New York Department of Social Services said it found “no credible evidence” to support the accusation.

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O’Sullivan Farrow has called the investigation “inaccurate,” saying, “I am credible, and I am telling the truth, and I think it’s important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters.”

Her accusation has received new attention in the #MeToo era, with many actors who have worked with Allen in the past — including Timothee Chalomet and “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig — distancing themselves from him.

Mia Farrow and her then-husband, conductor André Previn, adopted Soon-Yi in 1977; two years later, their marriage ended in divorce. Shortly thereafter, Farrow was introduced to Allen, and they remained together for 12 years. Along the way, he adopted two of Farrow’s children, including Dylan.

In 1991, Previn, then 21-years-old, and Allen, 56, began an intimate relationship, which Farrow believes started when she and Allen were still together. The affair was discovered after Farrow found nude photographs of her adopted daughter in Allen’s apartment.

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Colbert Lays Into Les Moonves After ‘Ronan Farrow Double-Dip’ on ‘The Late Show’

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As he did when the first accusations of sexual misconduct were made public, Stephen Colbert spoke frankly about newly-ousted CBS CEO Les Moonves at the top of Monday’s episode of the network’s “The Late Show.”

The episode kicked off with a cold open gag in which a graphic regretted that “Tonight’s episode of Undercover Boss, starring Leslie Moonves, will not be shown.” According to the graphic, the episode was “sealed into a stainless steel container” and then shot “into the heart of the sun. We regret the error.”

Immediately after, Colbert began his monologue, which started with his directly addressing Moonves, who stepped down on Sunday after the publication of a New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow, in which six women accused him of sexual misconduct. The accusations ranged from forced oral sex to threats of physical violence if they refused Moonves’ advances. The article was Farrow’s second detailing accusations of sexual misconduct against Moonves, following one published Aug. 6.

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“You might have heard the head of this network, Leslie Moonves, was forced to step down yesterday… after a second Ronan Farrow expose,” Colbert said. “It’s never a good sign when you’re the subject of a Ronan Farrow double-dip.”

After describing one of the many incidents described in the story, Colbert added that “The article is extremely disturbing, and I’m not surprised that’s it.”

“Moonves is gone,” Colbert added, “until he shows up for a set at the Comedy Cellar,” a direct reference to Louis C.K.’s surprise set at the New York City comedy club in August, during which he made a joke about rape whistles.

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Stephen Colbert Tackles Leslie Moonves’s Ouster In ‘Late Show’ Cold Open

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Les Moonves Accuser Calls Former CBS CEO’s Response To Assault Claims “A Joke”

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CBS Acting CEO Joe Ianniello Promises ‘Safe and Positive Working Environment’ in Post-Moonves Era

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Les Moonves’ temporary successor, Joe Ianniello, sought to reassure CBS employees that the network is focused on creating a safe work environment, in a memo to staff Monday.

“And never has it been more important for us to make it abundantly clear that CBS has a steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion and a safe and positive working environment,” Ianniello, CBS’ president and acting CEO, wrote in the letter, obtained by TheWrap. “This is an integral part of our growth plan as together we unlock the immense talents across our entire employee base.”

CBS and its controlling interest National Amusements, Inc. announced late on Sunday that Moonves would be leaving the organization after 15 years, following sexual misconduct accusations posed against him by multiple women.

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Ianniello, who has served as the company’s COO since 2013, will take over as CBS’ president and acting CEO while the board searches for a permanent successor. The chairman position will remain open pending the appointment of a permanent CEO.

Additionally, CBS and National Amusements came to a settlement on pending litigation that was set to begin trial in Delaware next month. CBS and Moonves argued that Shari Redstone had shirked her duty to shareholders by pushing for a re-merger with Viacom, which CBS saw as potentially harmful to the value of the company.

That’s now on ice, as National Amusements has agreed to not propose CBS and Viacom recombine for at least two years. NAI has reaffirmed that it will give good faith consideration to any business combination transaction or other strategic alternative that the independent directors believe are in the best interests of the company and its stockholders.

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Moonves’ exit comes two months after Ronan Farrow’s bombshell report in the New Yorker, in which six women accused the longtime media mogul of sexual harassment. On Sunday, a new report from Farrow in The New Yorker outlined accusations of sexual assault and harassment from six additional women.

Two investigations into the accusations are still underway, and any potential Moonves severance pay is pending the results.

Moovnes joined CBS Corporation from Warner Bros. in 1995, when he was named president of CBS Entertainment. He became chairman in 2003 and was named CEO in 2006, following the split of CBS and Viacom.

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Read the memo in full below.

Today the Board of Directors named me as President and Acting Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. I am honored to have this responsibility, and I’m excited to take on a greater role. I have been with this Company for 21 years, and I look forward to providing continuity and stability, while at the same time fostering our culture of innovation.

Today also marks a major transition for all of us as Leslie Moonves departs from CBS. Les’ departure occurs at a time when we are operating from a position of great strategic strength. As you all know, there is amazing work going on across the Company, and I feel confident we have the best people in the business to continue building on our outstanding success.

Led by CBS and SHOWTIME (and their fast-growing direct-to-consumer streaming services), as well as our major market television station group and Simon & Schuster, we also have many of the best assets in the industry.

The strength and evolution of all of these businesses has led us to where we are today – a global premium content powerhouse. Time and again, we have developed and executed strategies that capitalize on our unique and advantageous position, and what’s most exciting is that we are still in the early innings of that process.

At the heart of CBS’ ongoing success is its content, and it’s where our focus must remain. We now spend $7 billion a year on programming, which is on par with some of the largest companies in our industry. Looking ahead, as consumption continues to evolve, so will we. But content will always be at the core of our Company.

Of course, also at the core of any company is its culture. And never has it been more important for us to make it abundantly clear that CBS has a steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion and a safe and positive working environment. This is an integral part of our growth plan as together we unlock the immense talents across our entire employee base.

Along those lines, I want to take a minute to appreciate all the fantastic work you have done these past several months, as we have continued to move our Company forward no matter the challenges. It is the people of this Corporation that make CBS what it is, and I am humbled to be leading this team. I also want to thank our remarkable Board of Directors for their immense efforts during this time, and welcome our new Board members as well. There is so much more to achieve ahead, and I thank everyone in advance for all you will do as we build on the great success of CBS.

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Leslie Moonves sexual assault accuser Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb appeared on “GMA” this morning with attorney Gloria Allred to speak about the now-former CBS CEO’s Sunday ousting.

On Moonves’ assertion that he never used his power to hinder a woman’s career, Golden-Gottlieb said “that’s a joke.”

“Of course he did, he took my whole career,” she told “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

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Golden-Gottlieb also explained why she hadn’t gone to the LAPD with her story until last year when the alleged assault took place 40 years ago. It is now too late for either criminal charges or a civil lawsuit to be filed.

“I needed the job,” she said. “I had two children that I was responsible for and I was frightened.”

Watch the video above.

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Ronan Farrow, the reporter who has broken the news of Moonves’ alleged repeated misbehavior, also joined “GMA” this morning. Watch the New Yorker writer’s appearance here:

Moonves’ exit from CBS comes two months after Farrow’s first bombshell report, in which six women accused the longtime media mogul of sexual harassment. On Sunday, a new report from Farrow in The New Yorker outlined accusations of sexual assault and harassment from six additional women.

Two investigations into the accusations are still underway, and any potential Moonves severance pay is pending the results. COO Joe Ianniello will take on Moonves’ chief executive role on an interim basis.

Moonves joined CBS Corporation from Warner Bros. in 1995, when he was named president of CBS Entertainment. He became chairman in 2003 and was named CEO in 2006, following the split of CBS and Viacom.

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