Rachel Maddow spent some time on MSNBC slamming her parent blas executives for their treatment of employees sexually assaulted by both Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.
On the October 25 edition of the Rachel Maddow Show, the host called accusations from journalist Ronan Farrow “hard to stomach.” Farrow claimed that NBC tried to silence employees who had been sexually assaulted. The company made them sign confidentiality agreements.
NBCUniversal owns NBC and MSNBC.
“The allegations about the behavior of Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer are gut-wrenching at baseline, no matter who you are or what your connection is to this story,” Maddow said.
She added, “The amount of consternation this has caused among the rank and file people who work here would be almost impossible for me to overstate.”
NBCUniversal has since released employees from their NDAs, allowing them to speak freely about the abuse they suffered.
Farrow came on the same Maddow episode to describe what had happened at NBC. He said, “Senior executives on the NBCUniversal side who brokered these agreements described them openly as ‘sexual harassment settlements.’”
Journalist Yashar Ali posted that an NBCUniversal executive had described Farrow as a “terrorist.”