Transcript for Ronan Farrow on Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer
And we're back with the author of "Catch and kill," lie, spice and a conspiracy to protect predators. This is Ronan farrow. I want to get into the subtitle, lies and spies. One thing you document this dark world that Harvey Weinstein entered to intimidate news organizations from reporting on him including spying on you. Harvey Weinstein hired former mossad agents with black cube who in turn hired contractors who surveilled me, tracked me, built dossiers on both me and survivors of alleged assault by Harvey Weinstein to try to squash this story. A friend told you you had to think about buying a gun. I was told by sources to buy a gun. I Mo my home and here's the thing, I say all this and report it in detail not to be woe is me but to illustrate the threats to the free press in this country. We are at a moment where powerful people are able to subvert the media, law, and the free press and that is a threat to our democracy. And around the world the stakes are even higher, journalists get killed for reporting stories. It's got to stop. It has notopopop I I I has not stopped potential witness, people have stories to tell from throwing things over your transom? I have a lot of sorts coming in all the time and I am so grateful for that. I'm able to tell the story which is ultimately an uplifting story. There's a lot of dark but also a lot of brave people coming forward and saying, enough, this has got to stop. That's why I can tell it. One of the striking things in the book is you've been approached by dozens, that might even be understating it, women who have been through sexual harassment, sexual assault and tell you about what life is like before, during and after. It's about the stories of the sources. Some are survivors of horrific violence. Some of them are people like some of the spies who followed me who turned into whistle-blowers and that transformation is a dramatic story. This B reporting and fact-checking but it's also a narrative where I have to be personal and vulnerable about the things that happened to me and the sources are personal and vulnerable to them. I am so grateful to them and everyone who passes a lead to me. It's an amazing and
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