Here’s what happened:
While journalist Ronan Farrow was reporting on sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, he learned that The National Enquirer was soliciting his nudes in an effort to take him down (and protect the prez).
via The Advocate:
Farrow said it became apparent to him that the American Media Inc. (AMI) owned newspaper was targeting him after the Enquirer ran a story about an uncle of Farrow’s who was convicted of molesting two boys, according to the Daily Mail. Farrow had no personal connection to that uncle, a brother of mother Mia Farrow and one whom Ronan Farrow had never met.
Shortly thereafter, “intermediaries began sending messages aggressively soliciting ‘dick pics,’” Farrow wrote. ‘When I failed to send any, the Enquirer published a complaint that I refused.”
Farrow also wrote in his book that he was threatened with an untrue story “implicating me and another journalist, who worked on a prominent story critical of AMI, in some sort of Brazilian sex romp.”
“I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer’s arrangement with Trump fielded similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from AMI. (I did not engage as I don’t cut deals with subjects of ongoing reporting),” Farrow tweeted at the time.
For its part, AMI denies Farrow’s story.
“Mr. Farrow’s narrative is driven by unsubstantiated allegations from questionable sources and while these stories may be dramatic, they are completely untrue,” an AMI spokesperson said in a statement.
Personally, I can’t imagine leaked nudes of Ronan would in any way hurt his career (in fact, they would probably go triple viral and help sell a few books)… but still… fuck the Enquirer.