NBC News under fire for spiking another #MeToo story about showbiz mogul

NBC News is facing renewed heat after a report by The Hollywood Reporter contended the network spiked another MeToo story against a powerful entertainment industry magnate.

The piece, by veteran journalist Kim Masters, detailed the story of Sil Lai Abrams, who says she was raped by music mogul Russell Simmons in 1994 and was sexually assaulted by “Extra” host  A.J. Calloway in 2006. The accusations were being investigated by MSNBC anchor Joy Reid, who, in a series of texts to Abrams, accused her own network of “slow walking the story with idiotic requests,” THR reported.

“When MSNBC pursues any investigative story our mission is always to be as thorough as we can, to scrutinize sources and corroborate information before we report. Anything else falls short of our journalistic standards,” said the network in a statement explaining why it didn’t go forward with Abrams’ accusations.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Sil Lai Abrams arrives for The 44th NAACP Image Awards Pre-Gala at Vibiana on January 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Sil Lai Abrams arrives for The 44th NAACP Image Awards Pre-Gala at Vibiana on January 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Sil Lai Abrams arrives to the 9th Annual Hollywood Bureau Symposium at Museum Of Tolerance on January 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Vicangelo Bulluck, Debra Martin Chase, Neema Barnette, Madeline Di Nonno, Towanda Braxton and Sil Lai Abrams serve as panelist at the 9th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium at Museum Of Tolerance on January 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Sil Lai Abrams attends WEEN's Project REALism forum at Helen Mills Theater on August 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Sil Lai Abrams and Dr. Michelle Callahan attend WEEN's Project REALism forum at Helen Mills Theater on August 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 23: Sil Lai Abrams attends DARREN WAN, FRANK CILIONE and JAY NORRIS host the re-opening of RED EGG at 202 Centre St. on June 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by AMBER De VOS /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 23: Sil Lai Abrams and Jean-Marc Merine attend DARREN WAN, FRANK CILIONE and JAY NORRIS host the re-opening of RED EGG at 202 Centre St. on June 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by AMBER De VOS /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Empowerment specialist and author Sil Lai Abrams and Shawna Keely attend the Belvedere Pink Grapefruit In The Pink launch party at The Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Pop-Up on May 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Sil Lai Abrams attends The Black Alumni of Pratt Institute's 14th Annual 'Celebration of the Creative Spirit' Benefit Dinner at 'Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 6, 2005 in Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, ' New York. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Jayshaun Smith, Musiq Soulchild, President Of Movement Marketing Solutions of Moet Chandon Sil Lai Abrams and Marlon Coles (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Angela Holton, Sil Lai Abrams and Erica Reid during L.A. Reid Birthday Celebration - Inside at Cipriani's in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage for Island Def Jam Music Group)
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The official line carries an eerie similarity to explanations offered by the network about why they passed on the Harvey Weinstein story. The report about the man whose sexual misdeeds sparked the MeToo movement was published in the New Yorker after then-MSNBC journalist Ronan Farrow said the network killed it.

“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier and immediately, obviously The New Yorker recognized that,” he told Rachel Maddow in October last year.  “And it is not accurate to say it was not reportable and there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”

Before Weinstein, NBC also lost out on the story of President Trump’s Access Hollywood scandal in October, 2016. The network passed on the opportunity to publish the tape, which had long been in NBC’s possession. The network ultimately published the tape after it leaked to the Washington Post.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Russell Simmons attends Fonkoze's 'Hot Night In Haiti' Los Angeles Event on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Russell Simmons and Hana Nitsche attends the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles 2017 Wish Gala at Hollywood Palladium on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Shining Star award recipient Usher Raymond IV (L) and music producer Russell Simmons at the 2017 Make a Wish Gala on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Make A Wish)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Music producer Russell Simmons (R) at the 2017 Make a Wish Gala on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Make A Wish)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Russell Simmons (L) attends Casamigos Halloween Party on October 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Russell Simmons seen on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Russell Simmons Attends The RushCard's Keep the Peace Initiative Day Of Peace on October 19, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Russell Simmons attends The Imagine Ball at The Peppermint Club on October 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 06: Russell Simmons (C) attends his 60th Birthday Party at his Tantris Yoga Center on October 6, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Tantris LLC)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Russell Simmons attends the 27th Annual EMA Awards - Show at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Model Kennedy Summers (L) and entrepreneur-producer Russell Simmons arrive at the 27th Annual EMA Awards at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Russell Simmons poses backstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival - Day 3 at Citi Field on September 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Russell Simmons arrives for Netflix presents Russell Simmons' 'Def Comedy Jam 25' Special Event at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Russell Simmons and Lin-Manuel Miranda attend a Dinner Hosted By Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation In Honor Of Lin-Manuel Miranda at Private Residence on August 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Russell Simmons speaks to a crowd of students at an event benefiting Community Coalition sponsored by Russell Simmons and RushCard at USC on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: Cast Member Bresha Webb and Russell Simmons attend NBC's MARLON 'Sip & Style' at Tantris on August 12, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robin Marshall/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Russell Simmons arrives for the premiere of The Film Collaborative's 'Romeo Is Bleeding' at The Montalban Theater on July 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: (L - R) Russell Simmons, Jason Zeldes, Donte Clark, and Michael Klein attend Build to discuss the documentary 'Romeo Is Bleeding' at Build Studio on July 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
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MSNBC’s Joy Reid said in a statement it had been “inappropriate” to share her private frustrations about MSNBC’s process with Abrams. But on Thursday, Reid’s private venting was joined by several others online who took note of the disturbing pattern at the peacock network.

“Since November 2017 I have fought to have my #MeToo story told,” said Abrams leading the charge “@kimmasters of @THR finally did what NBC would not. Thank you.”

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