Media executive Andy Lack was abruptly ousted earlier this month as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, a position he had held for five years, according to Forbes.
Conservative commentator and journalist Emily Miller has now stepped forward to describe a climate of sexual harassment prevalent at the network during her time there, laying the blame squarely at Lack’s feet, as Mediaite reports.
Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow has famously alleged that Lack was responsible for the network’s refusal to cover sexual misconduct allegations against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein and former NBC anchor Matt Lauer.
Culture of harassment alleged
In a recent interview with Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz, Miller was asked if she ever faced sexual harassment during her time time at NBC back in the 1990s.
“I did,” Miller told Kurtz. “I did suffer from sexual harassment and from older men and men in power… They made it very clear some of the exchanges that would have to happen in order for me to be promoted there.
“And I was so young, so naive I didn’t even really understand what was going on,” Miller recalled. “I knew that I had to leave.”
What’s more, the longtime journalist said that one incident in particular became physical in nature and that all of her former harassers are still employed by the network.
Miller also indicated a willingness to discuss her experiences with law enforcement authorities, according to the Washington Examiner, and Fox News reports that the New York attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations at NBC News.
Damning portrait emerges
Miller painted a damning portrait of Lack, telling Kurtz that the executive has “got his own issues and he’s been covering up for a lot of things going on in there.”
“NBC, which is supposedly a news organization, instead of actually investigating itself, having an outside law firm investigate it – which is how every other network that’s been caught up in this whole #MeToo system – is that they’ve had outside investigators look at what these accusations are,” she asserted, adding, “NBC has refused.”
Regarding her decision to leave her position at NBC News, Miller explained that she “didn’t have any other option because of [her] values.”
“I was young and powerless and sure wasn’t going to sleep with a married man my father’s age for a promotion at NBC. I walked out the door and never went back,” Miller explained on Twitter.