Ronan Farrow, 31, the son of actress Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, is an investigative journalist who sparked the #MeToo movement by uncovering Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuses in articles in The New Yorker in late 2017, which won the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Farrow then investigated and exposed sexual abuse allegations against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and CBS Chairman/CEO Les Moonves, which led to the resignations of both in 2018.
Although Farrow is a liberal and despite his association with Hillary Clinton (in 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Farrow as her Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues), he has demonstrated his journalistic objectivity by saying that an investigation into “credible” rape accusations against former President Bill Clinton is long “overdue”.
Farrow said that in an interview last Friday night, November 1, 2019, on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher”.
As reported by Fox News, Farrow told Maher, “Bill Clinton…has been credibly accused of rape. That has nothing to do with gray areas. I think that the Juanita Broaddrick claim has been overdue for revisiting,” and that Bill wouldn’t escape scrutiny today because society’s views on sexual misconduct have “changed.”
In an interview with Dateline NBC that aired on February 24, 1999, former nursing home administrator Juanita Broaddrick said then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton raped her in 1978 during his gubernatorial campaign.
As recounted by Broaddrick to Dateline NBC, she had offered to volunteer for Clinton’s campaign. On April 25, 1978, Broaddrick was attending a nursing home meeting at the Camelot Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bill Clinton suggested that instead of meeting in the hotel’s coffee shop, they meet “for coffee” in her hotel room that she was sharing with her friend and employee Norma Rogers, so as to avoid a crowd of reporters in the hotel lobby. Broaddrick said:
“Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip … He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me…. It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip…. When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”
Broaddrick’s roommate Norma Rogers said she returned to their hotel room to find Broaddrick on the bed “in a state of shock”, with her pantyhose torn in the crotch and her lip swollen as though she had been hit. Broaddrick told her Clinton had “forced himself on her”. Rogers helped Broaddrick ice her lip, and then the women left Little Rock. Rogers said that Broaddrick was very upset on the way home and blamed herself for letting Clinton in the room. Broaddrick also confided in four other persons about the rape.
Since 1999 when she first went public with her rape accusation, Broaddrick has persisted in her charges against Bill Clinton, slamming Democrats for refusing to believe her:
- In 2000, when Hillary Clinton was running in the U.S. Senate election in New York, Broaddrick published an open letter to Hillary, denouncing her for covering for her husband’s rape.
- During the 2016 presidential election, Broaddrick repeated her rape claims on Twitter: “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73. …it never goes away.”
- On October 9, 2016, Broaddrick appeared on a panel with Trump, Paula Jones, and Kathleen Willey an hour before the second presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton was in the audience.
- In January 2018, Broaddrick self-published a memoir, co-authored by Nick Lulli, with the title You’d Better Put Some Ice On That: How I Survived Being Raped By Bill Clinton.
Back to Ronan Farrow.
In his new book, Catch and Kill: Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Farrow revealed that Hillary Clinton had tried to pressure him into not publishing the bombshell sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
As described by The Hollywood Reporter on October 9, 2019:
Weinstein also attempted to leverage his long-term relationship with Hillary Clinton to pressure Farrow…. In summer 2017, while Farrow was trying to lock down an interview with Clinton for his foreign policy book…he received a call from Clinton’s publicist, Nick Merrill, who told him that the “big story” Farrow was working on was a “concern for us.”
In an interview with Fox News on October 16, 2019, Farrow gave more details. He said that Hillary Clinton “attempted to withdraw from an interview that she had committed to for a foreign policy book that I was working on, for which I interviewed every other living secretary of state. And, before doing so, her staff raised concerns about the fact that I was working on this story about one of her most significant donors [Harvey Weinstein] — a big bundler of Hollywood money.”