Reports: Weinstein allegedly used position for sexual coercion, media control

Movie mogul HARVEY WEINSTEIN is taking a leave of absence from The Weinstein Company following the publication of a New York Times article depicting the film producer as a sexual harasser. (Credit: John Rainford/WENN.com)

The public is now learning that Harvey Weinstein's history of alleged sexual exploitation of young actresses is almost as legendary as the film producer and studio executive himself.

What has emerged from the reports about Weinstein's decades of alleged sexual mistreatment of women is a broader pattern of abuse of power that not only affected his ability to coerce his victims, but to prevent the story from seeing the light of day.

As famous actresses like Ashley Judd, Gwenyth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette and others come forward to tell their stories about Harvey Weinstein, journalists are also stepping out of the shadows to discuss how their attempts to report on Weinstein's alleged abuses were blocked from publication.

THE POWER TO SILENCE THE PRESS

Shortly after The New York Times expose broke, The New Yorker published a lengthy piece by journalist Ronan Farrow documenting his ten-month investigation into the stories of 13 women who reported being sexually harassed or assaulted by Harvey Weinstein over the years. Three claimed he raped them.

"This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond," Farrow wrote. Yet previous attempts to shed light on the man who is credited with making and breaking careers were quashed, even Farrow's story which was rejected by NBC allegedly due to lack of journalistic evidence.

His piece was based on reports by at least 16 current and former employees at Weinstein's companies who said they witnessed or had knowledge of Weinstein making unwanted sexual advances on women.

"I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier," Farrow explained on the Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday. "And it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable. In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC."

Farrow didn't fully elaborate the reasons his story was killed, simply noting that "over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so."

Sharon Waxman, editor in chief at The Wrap wrote a similar account earlier this week, reacting to a story published by the New York Times about Weinstein's "media enablers" who were either unwilling or unable to publish