Another Journalist Says NBC ‘Silenced’ Her Rape Story

Joy Reid was allegedly pressured into dropping a story about rape allegations by NBC News. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Joy Reid was allegedly pressured into dropping a story about rape allegations by NBC News. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

  • Journalist Sil Lai Abrams accused NBC News of killing a story about sexual assault allegations she made against two well-known men in 2018.
  • Abrams wrote about the allegations in an op-ed published Monday by The Daily Beast.
  • The allegations add to previous reports by investigative journalist Ronan Farrow that NBC News also killed a story about sexual assault allegations against now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Journalist Sil Lai Abrams accused NBC News of killing a story about her sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons and AJ Calloway in 2018 in an op-ed published Monday.

Abrams detailed the allegations in The Daily Beast’s op-ed section Monday, writing that music mogul Simmons raped her in 1994 and that former “Extra” host Calloway sexually assaulted her in 2006. Calloway was arrested following the allegation but the case was dismissed, and both men have denied the allegations, according to Insider.

A sign is seen outside the set of the NBC News Today Show at Rockefeller Center in New York City, U.S., November 29, 2017. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The activist wrote that she spoke to MSNBC’s Joy Reid in 2017 about the allegations and an interview was done at the beginning of 2018. The story was then held and Reid told Abrams that the network wanted more vetting and was spooked because of “threats from Russell’s lawyer,” Abrams wrote.

Over the next several months, NBC put me through an elaborate and bizarre vetting process. I provided legal documentation, hospital bills, and more than a dozen corroborating witnesses. Still, they stonewalled. I asked Joy repeatedly if NBC was going to do to her what it did to Ronan, and she said that she didn’t think so. We both agreed that it would reflect very poorly if word got out that the network had suppressed yet another story of alleged sexual assault.

Reid emailed Abrams multiple times, noting that the outlet had more than enough evidence to run the story and that she’s “never been through anything like this,” according to Abrams’ op-ed.

“I just have to get my company to have the guts to do the story,” the MSNBC host wrote according to Abrams. “I’ve never done a story that has this much evidence before. I have more evidence than the LA Times and The New York Times stories combined. So the whole thing is, if my company will trust the evidence that I’ve shown them, which is substantial, they will do the story.”

“Just like that, NBC threw Joy and me under the bus. It killed her story and—at least temporarily—silenced me,” Abrams wrote.

The rape allegations were published in The Hollywood Reporter on June 28, 2018 and included Abrams allegations over a cover-up at NBC News.

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