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NBC Releases All Former Employees from Their Non-Disclosure Agreements so They Can Bring Charges of Sexual Misconduct

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On Friday, NBC made a big announcement.

Following the recent release of Catch and Kill — Ronan Farrow’s book accusing the Peacock of squashing stories and trying to cover up claims against Matt Lauer — NBCUniversal has said they’ll release all alleged victims of sexual shenanigans from their non-disclosure agreements.

As per a statement read by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, all former employees will be released upon request.

Here’s the statement, in part:

Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a confidentiality or non-disparagement provision in their separation agreement should contact NBCUniversal and we will release them from that perceived obligation.


Rachel also clarified, oddly, that there was nothing in the NDA to start with that would legally prevent any whistleblowing where sexual misconduct is concerned.

Ronan’s charged the network of killing the Harvey Weinstein story (which he later took to The New Yorker) — please see here.

However, NBC says there was already a twelve-page report done on their handling of the Weinstein situation, and there will be no further review:

Over a year ago, NBC News released a twelve-page, transparent accounting of the Weinstein reporting. … Once again, we stand by it.

But some in the media are calling Hogwash: Several notable women — including Megyn Kelly, Linda Vester, Addie Zinone, Greta Van Susteren, Eleanor McManus and Gretchen Carlson — have signed a letter touting further investigation:

Certain network executives have enabled a corporate culture of widespread sexual harassment and abuse, and are still trying to cover it up today. [NBC parent company Comcast] must prove to its shareholders that it will pursue the truth on behalf of NBC staffers. If necessary, it should remove executives who have abused or silenced women.

NBC’s 2017 internal probe after Matt Lauer was fired found no “contrary evidence” that he’d done anything wrong prior to November 27th — 48 hours before he was fired.

As pointed out by The Daily Caller, reporter Sil Lai Abrams, who charges that NBC muted her rape allegation, took to Twitter Friday to give a tenth of a High Five to the network, with the remaining ninety percent still pending:

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

Source Claims Casey Anthony Wants To Have More Children – She ‘Feels Like Her Biological Clock Is Ticking’

Coocoo Coup: Elizabeth Warren Growls Impeachment – Of Kavanaugh, Too. But Craziness Won’t Make Her President

Portland Bans Urinals To Respect ‘Shared Values,’ Charges Taxpayers $200M. Plus: A Mind-Bending History Of Gender Rules

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It’s #MeToo’s second birthday. Should you celebrate?

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It was just about two years ago that Alyssa Milano sent out her #MeToo tweet, setting off an avalanche of (mostly) women sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment. Many famous and influential men in both entertainment, banking and the media were brought down, while others were accused but either turned out to be innocent or were largely forgiven. (See Chris Hardwick for an example of the latter.) With some time to put all of this in perspective, was it all worth it?

That’s the question being tackled by Joanna Williams of the University of Kent, UK in the Daily Mail this week. While acknowledging that the movement has dragged legitimate abusers out into the light and made it easier for women to come forward, she argues that #MeToo also developed a dark side that can’t be ignored.

Two small words. That’s all it took to create a new religion — one that has sparked witch-hunts, ruined reputations and fostered a climate of suspicion that shows no signs of waning…

While it is true that the movement has made it easier for women — including Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne, plus many thousands more worldwide — to speak out about sexual harassment, I firmly believe that its second birthday is not something to celebrate unquestioningly.

It may have made some men think twice before behaving like lecherous idiots, but I fear it has also had a ruinous impact on everyday relationships, undermined our centuries-old justice system and led to the suicide of a British politician.

Williams goes on to point out that what started with credible accusations of sexual assault and harassment sometimes veered off into rumor and hearsay. She points out that we witnessed a tidal shift in online debates where the only acceptable response to each allegation was “to believe, without question or criticism, the accuser.” In short, #MeToo set up a court with tens of millions of judges and jurors, but no defense attorneys, where everyone was guilty until proven innocent.

The author points out another negative consequence of all this in the form of the definition of sexual assault being undermined and eroded. Do you remember what happened to comedian Aziz Ansari? Williams summarizes it as follows:

In one of the most frivolous cases to go viral, comedian Aziz Ansari almost had his career ruined after a woman he once dated complained online she felt his pattern of behaviour was coercive.

Among her claims were that he left a restaurant too early, poured her red wine instead of white and tried to kiss her when her ‘non-verbal cues’ told him she wasn’t up for it.

Williams also tells the story of MP Damian Green, whose career was upended when a female journalist accused him of “fleetingly touching her knee” a decade earlier. The list goes on.

So as you reflect on the Me Too movement two years on, it’s certainly worth applauding all of the legitimate culprits have been brought to light (and in some cases prosecuted) and all of the women who were able to get some closure and realize they didn’t need to suffer in silence. But at the same time, we should remain aware that every rich meal can come with a few poison pills if we’re not careful. And #MeToo has had its fair share of those as well.

The post It’s #MeToo’s second birthday. Should you celebrate? appeared first on Hot Air.

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Texts Reveal Concern About Katie Hill Drinking, Missing Flights

In the four-part Vice documentary, “She’s Running,” which chronicled Rep. Katie Hill’s 2018 campaign, Hill and her staffers are often shown grabbing a drink, and the campaign headquarters featured an impressive “liquor” closet.

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When Hill arrived in Washington, D.C., celebratory beverages continued to be a part of her life.

‪Getting people back to work is what I was always fighting for — and I'm glad the President did that today. I look…

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In text messages provided to RedState of conversations between Hill, her estranged husband, and their former throuple partner, by June 2018 all three were expressing concern about Hill’s drinking and its impact on her mental health and work performance.

During the last week of May, Hill was at home in the 25th District for Memorial Day events and visiting constituents before heading up to San Francisco to attend the California Democratic Party convention. Over the course of that week, Hill told Heslep and her female staffer that she wanted to end the throuple relationship to focus on “this important work” of impeaching President Trump.

At the convention, Hill was one of the main speakers and also had a big reason to celebrate – her friend Rusty Hicks was elected as party chair (after Eric Baumann was forced out amid sexual assault charges).

Kenny Heslep, Hill’s husband, didn’t accompany her to the convention, but the two were texting throughout the weekend. The following text exchange occurred during the late night/early morning hours of May 31-June 1, 2019.

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Hill said:

Yup! Celebrating Rusty winning with some people at a tiki bar.

Heslep replied:

Great. So getting hammered again? Should I just say goodnight now?

Hill said:

Hammered no, but continuing to drink yea.

The next screenshot reveals that Hill didn’t return to her room until after 3:30 a.m., and she admitted to Heslep that she’s drunk.

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She said:

I’m sorry babe. I just got back. And yeah, I’m drunk. I’ve been talking to Lydia about that. I love you. You will always be my stinker.

The Lydia to which Hill is referring is her psychiatrist. Heslep asks if Hill was talking to Lydia about the split-up. Hill replies:

And no, about drinking and everything.

Hill tells Heslep that she doesn’t know where she’d been precisely, but in general to bars and a Mexican late night restaurant. She reiterates that she had been talking to Lydia “about drinking a lot.”

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On June 3rd, the female staffer confronted Rep. Hill about her drinking and reveals that Hill missed her flight and hid that fact from Kenny.

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The first portion of this message was published in an earlier story.

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The staffer tells Hill:

I am very worried about your partying this weekend. After Friday night it was a red flag but…then you were out until 3, clearly from the misspelled text [were] very drunk, and it [a]ffected your work by missing your plane (a fact you hid from Kenny just making it even more clear something is going on. I am worried about you babe.”

According to the messages reviewed, Hill didn’t reply to the staffer that day. About a week later, the staffer and Heslep are discussing a dinner attended by Hill, Heslep, the staffer, and members of the staffer’s family, who apparently knew about the polyamorous relationship.

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Referencing her family, the staffer says:

She said it’s really hard to be with someone with mental illness. She also said they both felt something was off at the dinner.

Heslep replies:

Yarp. And what did they say was off?

The staffer says:

They just said it felt off somehow

Heslep replies:

Maybe like the bottle and a half that she drank? Lol

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Just a few days later – the day after her wedding anniversary – Hill missed another flight between Washington, D.C., and California, as a staffer named Cat told Hill’s throuple partner. Heslep asks, “Does anyone find it odd how many she’s been missing lately?”

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In addition to the text messages reviewed by RedState about Hill’s alcohol use, an elected official from a jurisdiction in Hill’s district told RedState on condition of anonymity that Hill was observed at a local event in mid-July visibly intoxicated, and that one of Hill’s staffers pulled Hill aside, saying, “We need to leave. You shouldn’t be here right now.” Hill then left the event without incident.

Like millions of Americans, Rep. Hill has been open about the fact that she lives with depression, as she tweeted on October 10th.

In addition to regular appointments with her psychologist, Hill sometimes takes the prescription medication trazodone to manage manic episodes, according to the text messages. Mixing trazodone with alcohol is extremely dangerous.

Mixing trazodone with alcohol can increase levels of intoxication—resulting in extreme drowsiness and increasing the risk of overdose and death when either are consumed in excessive amounts. Long-term use of both substances can also lead to physical dependence and withdrawal.

Shortly after Hill arrived in Washington D.C., Heslep was concerned about Hill becoming manic, and Hill admitted that she thought he was right about the mania and that she “should have recognized it sooner.”

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Serving as a Member of Congress, especially when one’s district is at least a five-hour flight from Washington, D.C., is grueling even under the best of circumstances. When one is dealing with a troubled marriage and living with depression, the job is even more challenging. Hopefully, Rep. Hill can take the time and space she needs to deal with the serious issues she is facing and emerge stronger and healthier in every way.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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BREAKING: House Ethics Cmte to Investigate Katie Hill’s Alleged Relationship With Staffer

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday evening that they will investigate allegations that freshman Rep. Katie Hill, (D-CA) had a sexual relationship with a staffer, according to The Hill.

Their statement read:

“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 18 (a).”

Rep. Hill referenced the House Ethics Committee in an email sent to constituents 10 minutes after The Hill’s story went live. She wrote:

To my family, friends, supporters and members of my community,

It pains me deeply that I have to send you this note at all, but I want you to hear from me so that I can hopefully put to rest some of the gossip, innuendo and lies that have been told in recent days.

During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign.  I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment. For that I apologize. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.

But the truth is, distributing intimate photos with the intent to publish them is a crime, and the perpetrator should be punished to the full extent of the law.  I have notified Capitol Police, who are investigating it, and therefore will have no further comment on the matter.

I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain.  This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and the people close to me is despicable and will not succeed.  I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.

I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view, even the false allegations of a relationship with my congressional staffer, which I have publicly denied, and I am fully and proactively cooperating with the Ethics Committee.

This smear campaign will not get in the way of the work I am doing every day to move our district and our country forward.  I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and constituents alike, and I know we will get through this together.

There is important work to do on behalf of our district and I promise to keep working as hard as I can to fight for the ideals that I committed to from day one. Out of respect for the law enforcement and the Ethics Committee, I will not have more to say on this subject until their work is concluded.

The investigation comes after RedState broke news nearly two weeks ago about Hill’s alleged affair with her Legislative Director, Graham Kelly, and subsequent stories involving a throuple relationship with a female campaign staffer. Hill has repeatedly denied the relationship with Kelly despite the existence of text messages between her campaign videographer and husband in which the videographer says Hill admitted the affair to him.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Rep. Katie Hill Blames Affair Story on “Abusive Husband,” But Texts Contradict Her Claims

In response to RedState’s series of articles regarding her alleged involvement in sexual relationships with campaign and congressional staffers, Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) issued a statement to Politico on Tuesday denying the relationship with her male congressional staffer and claiming that “an abusive husband” is part of a “coordinated effort to try to destroy” her.

“The fact is I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain. This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.”

In a text message from the female staffer involved in the throuple that was sent to Hill on June 3 of this year, the female staffer says that she is “terrified of pushing back against [Hill] or upsetting [her],” because she’s seen how Hill treats Kenny.

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As reported in an earlier story today, Kenny Heslep apologized to the female staffer in text messages for the “abusive relationship” to which he and Hill subjected the staffer.

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Additionally, Rep. Hill vehemently denied that she was having any kind of relationship with her Legislative Director.

“Allegations that I have been involved in a relationship with Mr. Kelly are absolutely false. I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view and the vindictive claims of my ex have now involved the lives and reputations of unrelated parties.”

Text messages between Jeff Bomberger, a videographer contracted by Hill’s campaign in both the 2018 and 2020 cycles, and Kenny Heslep contradict her claim.

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Heslep asked Bomberger, “Did you know about Graham and Katie?” Bomberger replied, “I do know yes, but I didn’t know until recently.”

Continuing the conversation, Bomberger said that Rep. Hill personally told him about the relationship with Graham Kelly, that he was trying to be a friend to both sides, and referenced the months of July and August being a “whirlwind.” The screenshot was created on October 7, 2019.

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Heslep and Hill attended a mediation on Tuesday, October 8, in Southern California. Afterward, Heslep texted a different friend that Katie was “freaking out” over the possibility that a story linking her with Graham Kelly would be published. That friend spoke to RedState on condition of anonymity and said that Katie was “on the table” during the mediation, screaming at Heslep and telling him he’d better keep his mouth shut. According to a text message the friend provided to RedState, Heslep said:

“Also, I discovered why she is freaking out about me calling her out about Graham… there is an ethics clause for the house that strictly forbids hanky panky with subordinates… I have already had multiple people confirm their relationship. And Katie stood up and yelled at us about confronting her about Graham.”

Kelly hasn’t responded to requests for a comment from other outlets.

Hill does not deny the relationship between the female staffer, Heslep, and herself. Though the staffer was never on her Congressional staff, according to the Washington Post “the Ethics Committee has previously investigated such claims and determined it has jurisdiction over ‘misconduct relating to a successful campaign for election to the House.’” Perhaps an Ethics investigation into both relationships should be held to determine the truth of the matter and just how compromised Rep. Hill is.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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New Project Veritas Video Alleges Possible Sexual Misconduct by CNN Producer, Protection by Network

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Project Veritas has been dropping a series of videos they’ve titled “exposing CNN.”

The videos they’ve released so far have shown employees behind the scenes exposing bias against President Donald Trump and saying staffers were told to focus on impeachment by CNN President Jeff Zucker.

Some of the employees spoke about how they missed doing the news as they used to prior to being all about Trump.

One employee even spoke about how he didn’t think that this would stop until Trump was dead, which he said was “hopefully soon.”

But now the latest video shows employees revealing allegations of possible sexual misconduct by a CNN Supervising Producer for the White House and Political Unit, Steve Brusk.

The video shows Rick Saleeby, a CNN producer who Project Veritas identifies as a producer for “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” saying that he intervened when he allegedly believed Brusk was going to touch a 21 year old female employee inappropriately.

From Project Veritas:

“So, like, there is this girl that was twenty-one. She’s actually a good friend of mine. She had just gotten hired after being an intern…And she was getting…There was a going away party for a co-worker. We were all having a really good time…She was very well liked. We were getting drunk. He started like staying close to her…Arm around her.”

Saleeby went on to describe the scene with more details: “She had a skirt on. I could see the hand. I like grab her. It looked like I was being the assaulter because I grabbed her so aggressive…To keep her from him. Like go around her and go Come over here and looked at him because I could flatten him…It was like…I wouldn’t do it because then I would be the one who got fired…He would have absolutely been like ‘get in a cab with me later.’”

Saleeby says he found out later there were allegedly other accusations against Brusk.

When asked why nothing was done, Saleeby alleged Brusk was protected.

“[H]e is protected by certain people there…Value him or like him. I don’t even know, I can’t…Like other higher ups there. This is not an unusual thing in companies.”

Another employee, CNN media coordinator Nick Neville also spoke about a situation where Brusk had hired a female staffer without the job being posted, suggesting that while it was not like a “MeToo” situation, it was “hush-hush” according to the girl.

“But this other girl works pretty closely with him and he would email her, I mean, he emails all of us, but he would email and was very friendly to her, the staffer continued. “And then she just like got a job like working on his team and she was like, oh it’s hush-hush. The job was never posted anywhere. I was like, what is it? I just thought it was a little strange. Was there an agreement? What happened there?”

“Like I’m saying, that’s open knowledge, but it just kind of like goes along with what he said,” he added.

Project Veritas tried to get a response from CNN on the allegations, reaching out to Jake Tapper, Rick Saleeby, Matt Dornic (the Vice President of Communications) and Steve Brusk. The only response they mention was one from Brusk who told them to contact his PR people.

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Why Is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Picking On Pete Buttigieg?

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STOP PICKING ON ME A.O.C.

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Let’s just get something straight here right off the bat.

This article about a spat between two progressives is not going to SINK to the level of how progressive democrats act in regards to how they treat conservatives. We are not going to assume here for ONE MOMENT that just because of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez picking on Pete Buttigieg with tweets, that she hates white men, white men who are straight or gay. Even white men who put ketchup on their hot dogs or don’t like 250 dollar haircuts.

We are not going there.

Pete Buttigieg on Fox News Sunday responded to criticism from A.O.C. about fundraising and what would be needed to be done for the Democratic nominee to take on and win against Donald Trump.

He actually sounds like he is taking this really seriously here.

From Fox News

The far-left congresswoman accused Buttigieg of protecting a system of “big money politics” instead of trying to make it a thing of the past, touting the merits of “small-dollar grassroots campaigns,” which she said were more successful than his. Buttigieg said he’s quite familiar with grassroots campaigning, but said it will take more than that for Democrats to succeed in 2020.

“Well, first of all, you don’t go from mayor of South Bend to a competitive presidential candidate without knowing a thing or two about grassroots campaigning,” Buttigieg told “Fox News Sunday” in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, posted last week. “My campaign is fueled by the contributions of almost 600,000 individual donors and most of those are small contributions.”

Ocasio-Cortez posted her remark while retweeting a quote from Buttigieg that criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to stay away from large donations. Buttigieg had said, “We’re not going to beat Trump with pocket change.” Ocasio-Cortez described that comment as insulting to small donors, but Buttigieg explained his stance on Sunday.

He is taking this seriously!!!!

A.O.C. at the end of the day is a political cheap shot artist with feelings. That works great for twitter and her lil district in New York and of course the Instagram people eat that up but Pete has it nailed down here.

The way the system is set up now you need to bring in corporate cash by the bundles. This silly notion that Warren and Bernie are running on is great for small rallies and a fabulous talking point but not for a serious run for the Presidency.

That A.O.C. even took issue with the “pocket change” comment shows that she is way in overhead here. This is another reason why Nancy Pelosi will probably soon send her to the gulag while the adults in the Democratic caucus try to figure out the impeachment mess they have gotten themselves into.

The radical feelings over facts crowd of the Democratic party’s base right now are much more aligned with the Bernie factions than the more moderate faction like the Mayor. Buttigieg, it sounds like is much more in tune with how to win an election nationally with his statements here which is A.O.C. and the other kids lashed out.

Not because he is gay or white but because he is right.

At least on this issue.

Someone give Alexandria a gift certificate for another 250 dollar hair cut. Hopefully, that will keep her from taking shots for a while at Mayor Pete.

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CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer in 2-Yr “Throuple” Relationship

Freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, shared with Elle in a June 2019 interview a quote from the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the Committee “that has stuck with her.”

In one of those first meetings, Hill says, Cummings said something that has stuck with her. “It [was] that our role on Oversight is to get to the truth and to follow the truth wherever it leads us and to expose that for the American people,” Hill tells me over the phone. “To make sure that they have the information that they should have to, frankly, evaluate their government.”

It is in that spirit that we are sharing information obtained from multiple confidential sources relating to Rep. Hill, who’s currently in divorce proceedings. It is this writer’s view that events that occur within a marriage or affairs that lead to its demise should be kept between the parties involved and are not the business of the general public. When those events or affairs occur within one of the parties’ workplace, though, and that workplace is the United States Congress, the public should know about them as they determine that elected official’s fitness to serve.

Photographs and text messages obtained by RedState show that Rep. Hill was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer. The woman, whose name is not being released, was hired by Hill in late 2017 and quickly became involved in a “throuple” relationship with Hill and her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep.

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Heslep and the staffer, according to text messages provided to RedState, believed the polyamorous arrangement to be a long-term, committed relationship. The trio took multiple vacations together, including to Alaska, where this photograph was taken.

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RedState was also provided with intimate photographs of the women, which we have chosen not to publish.

According to a source close to the staffer, the throuple agreed to continue their committed relationship when Hill moved to Washington, D.C. in January, 2019, but that Heslep and the staffer quickly noticed a difference in Hill’s demeanor. By late May Hill broke off her relationships with both Heslep and the staffer, claiming she wanted to focus on “this important work” and that it wasn’t fair to be involved in a relationship. The staffer, as these text messages show, was distraught and trying to figure out how to move on with her life.

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In this message, Hill references their continuing work relationship and that she “want[s] it to be as ok as possible.”

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The staffer asks if the political risk that led Rep. Hill to end the relationship.

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To which Hill replied:

No. I mean I guess maybe partially. Honestly, though, it’s that I want to be alone.

I don’t want to be accountable to anyone else. I want to be entirely focused on this work that I think is so important

And that’s not fair to anyone as a partner.

According to the text messages reviewed, after Hill left the thrupple Heslep was told “by numerous sources” that Hill had been involved in a sexual relationship for a year with her then-finance director, now Legislative Director, Graham Kelly. In a post on his now-deleted Facebook account, Heslep posted a screenshot of a text message between himself and a friend of the couple in which the friend admits that he now knows about the Hill/Kelly affair.

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Heslep asked the friend:

I’m just going to ask you this plainly bc I respect you. Did you know about Graham and Katie?

The reply:

I do know, yes, but I didn’t know until recently.

After Heslep found out about the alleged affair between Hill and Kelly, he filed for divorce.

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He wrote:

“I didn’t file for divorce because she was bi! I just didn’t know she opened our relationship.”

A review of FEC records for Hill’s 2018 and 2020 campaigns reveals that the staffer was first paid in November 2017, with her payment classified as “salary,” making her an employee. California law doesn’t expressly prohibit consensual sexual relationships between an employer and a direct report, but it’s certainly a murky legal and ethical area. Some legal pundits contend that an employee can’t truly consent to a sexual relationship with the person who signs their paycheck.

Also of concern in the alleged throuple relationship is the age differential between Hill, Heslep, and the staffer. The staffer was 22 and a new college graduate when the relationship started; Hill and Heslep were in their 30s.

In addition to the legal and ethical issues raised by allegations of a congresswoman having not one, but two extramarital affairs with people on her staff, concurrently, there are issues of national security. Hill serves on two influential committees in that regard: Oversight and Reform and Armed Service. She has access to extremely sensitive national security information. If people who don’t have our nation’s best interests at heart had access to the photographs, text messages, and other information provided to RedState, Rep. Hill would be an easy blackmail target.

Hill’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Takes On His Own Network Over Harvey Weinstein

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While I expect that very few people around these parts are huge fans of Chris Hayes, you do have to appreciate it when someone steps up and shows courage in the face of their employer’s negligence. In this particular case, Hayes gave a closing monologue on his show, All In w/ Chris Hayes, to discuss NBC News’ spiking of Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story.

Hayes does take a swipe at President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, but notes that when it comes to ignoring the abuses of your own side, it’s not limited to Republicans.

As Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali notes in the tweet above, Hayes is doing this despite it being his own news network he’s speaking out against and the fact that at least one of the top guys as NBC News doesn’t seem to like him or his show.

Hayes is referring in this clip to Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill, which details not only the story of Harvey Weinstein and other top abusers in the entertainment world (like NBC’s Matt Lauer), but the story of how NBC News pressured him to drop the story, afraid of the pressure that a powerful man like Weinstein could put on their company.

Farrow’s work in this area has been eye-opening to the abuses of women by men in power, and how much entire industries are willing to cover for in order to continue getting power, influence, and money. The reporting was so thorough that the supposed lack of evidence NBC News cited was apparently enough evidence to get people to turn on Weinstein, speak out against him, reveal his multitude of other abuses, and force him to flee public life.

Not sure what else NBC News actually needed.

Regardless, as good as Farrow’s reporting on the subject has been, it is good to see someone who is high profile under the NBC News banner taking a stand against the company’s cowardice in the face of an explosive and horrifying story like Weinstein’s.

Good on Chris Hayes for making the statement. I hope others at NBC follow his lead.

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More Farrow: NBC News chief “preyed on female underlings” too

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Well, my my my. If true, this might explain why Matt Lauer managed to stick around for so long — and why Ronan Farrow’s Pulitzer Prize report on Harvey Weinstein had to go outside of NBC News. According to his new book Catch and Kill, NBC News chief Andrew Lack “preyed on female underlings,” as Page Six characterized it, and retaliated when the relationships soured:

Jane Wallace, an anchor on CBS’s “West 57th” news show when Lack was an executive producer in the late 1980s, discussed her affair with the then-married news man.

Lack, 72, a close friend of ousted “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer who oversaw his 2017 termination, was “almost unrelenting” in asking Wallace out to dinner “every day for almost a month,” saying he wanted to celebrate her contract, according to the book.

“If your boss does that, what are you gonna say?” Wallace told Farrow. “You know if you say ‘I don’t want to celebrate with you,’ you’re asking for trouble.”

After the sexual relationship ended, Wallace told Farrow that Lack bullied her out of her job. Eventually she signed an NDA and took a cash settlement, which rankles her to this day. Another woman, associate producer Jennifer Laird, told Farrow that Lack retaliated against her too — in a very controlling manner:

“When Laird asked to be reassigned, Lack wouldn’t allow it,” Farrow wrote. “He compelled her to work longer hours, and on weekends, and proposed she cancel vacations.”

Laird confirmed the relationship to Farrow, telling the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, “There’s clearly a reason you don’t get involved with your boss.”

True enough, but that raises an important question. Were these two relationships fully consensual at the beginning? If so, then these would look more like cases of bad judgment than predation, although that wouldn’t explain away the retaliatory behavior (which Lack denies, and to which we’ll get in a moment). In Page Six’s brief characterization of Laird’s recollection, it sounds as though it was fully consensual at the start, but Wallace casts considerable doubt on the issue. She calls the relationship “ultimately consensual,” but that she got “worked over” to get to that consent.

Two cases are not exactly a pattern, but Farrow provides some secondary testimony that a pattern was apparent enough within NBC News. Lack had been brought back as president of NBC News in 2015 to deal with the fallout of the Brian Williams fabulism scandal, which surprised at least one executive who recalled the move:

“‘Why would you do that?’ one executive recalled asking [NBCUniversal CEO] Steve Burke upon learning of his decision to reinstate Lack,” the book said. “‘The reason you have those cultural problems down there — he created that!’”

If this is all true, then it’s not too difficult to understand why Farrow’s blockbuster report on Weinstein would have held little interest for Lack. It went beyond protecting his investment in Lauer, whose own predatory behavior had been tolerated both before and after Lack’s return to NBC News. It would have cast a light on Lack’s own alleged environment of harassment, especially if Weinstein got nasty in fighting back — which he did, according to Farrow, a factor in Lack’s decision to spike his story:

In his soon-to-be-released book “Catch and Kill,” journalist Ronan Farrow claims that Harvey Weinstein used allegations against Matt Lauer as leverage to suppress stories about himself, by making it known to the network that he was aware of Lauer’s alleged behavior and capable of revealing it.

One of the stories NBC allegedly suppressed was Farrow’s own Weinstein expose. Farrow eventually took the story to The New Yorker.

For his part, Lack angrily denied Farrow’s allegations yesterday in an internal memo also reported by Page Six.  He denied having tried to kill the Weinstein story for personal reasons, and also accused Farrow of lacking respect for his former colleagues in writing the book — some of them, anyway:

“It disappoints me to say that even with passage of time, Farrow’s account has become neither more accurate, nor more respectful of the dedicated colleagues he worked with here at NBC News. He uses a variety of tactics to paint a fundamentally untrue picture,’’ Lack seethed in a memo sent to staffers. …

“After seven months, without one victim or witness on the record, [Farrow] simply didn’t have a story that met our standard for broadcast nor that of any major news organization.

“Not willing to accept that standard and not wanting to get beaten by the New York Times, he asked to take his story to an outlet he claimed was ready to publish right away. Reluctantly, we allowed him to go ahead,’’ Lack wrote.

“Fifty-three days later, and five days after the New York Times did indeed break the story, [Farrow] published an article at the New Yorker that bore little resemblance to the reporting he had while at NBC News.”

Not noted in Lack’s memo, of course, is that Farrow did talk with a few of his “dedicated colleagues” at NBC — the ones who had affairs with Lack, for instance. Farrow’s reps shot back later in the day:

“The claims by NBC’s senior management about Ronan Farrow’s reporting are simply not true, as his book will methodically demonstrate. In fact, relevant sections of the book confirm not only how many women were named, but also how much proof Ronan had gathered.

“Importantly, it documents the lengths to which NBC executives went to thwart the reporting efforts of Ronan and his producer Rich McHugh and why they did so. That is why [the book] is called Catch and Kill.”

NBC News has been flogging that excuse ever since the Farrow report went live. It’s never made much sense. If the story wasn’t ready for air at the time, why not actively help develop it rather than kill it? Even accepting Lack’s explanation, the New Yorker helped Farrow develop it and it won a Pulitzer, so clearly they recognized the value of Farrow’s reporting at the time he brought it to their editors. Why didn’t Lack, who runs one of the nation’s biggest news outlets? He makes it sound almost as though Farrow wanted the story to go elsewhere, but that doesn’t make much sense either. Are we to believe that Farrow would have rather had his story appear in a well-respected but somewhat niche magazine than on a broadcast network television show with an instant reach to tens of millions of people?

For the moment, this is a credibility contest. Both sides have their issues in that regard (thanks to Farrow’s irresponsible reporting on the Deborah Ramirez claims in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation cycle), but the hushed-up goings-on at NBC News for the last few years puts Lack behind the credibility eight-ball in this case.

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