Ronan Farrow Hits the Morning Show Circuit Morning After Publishing Another Sexual Harassment Story

By A.J. Katz 

Ronan Farrow returned to the morning show circuit today after he and his colleague at The New Yorker, Jane Mayer, published a new bombshell story featuring new accusations of sexual misconduct involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

This story comes roughly a year after Farrow published a groundbreaking story involving allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment or abuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, (which ended up fetching Farrow a Pulitzer) as well as two more about former CBS Corp. chief Les Moonves, and former CBS News chairman/60 Minutes ep Jeff Fager. All three men were ousted from their respective organizations due at least in part to the stories (though Fager’s ouster was because he “violated company policy” and wasn’t directly related to Farrow’s story).

But for this particular investigative report, which hit The New Yorker website at around 7:50 p.m. ET on Sunday night, Farrow and Mayer spoke with a woman named Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh at Yale’s. Ramirez has now decided to speak out as Dr. Christine Ford—who reluctantly came forward last Sunday with her sexual harassment accusation of her own against Kavanaugh from high school—has been scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Ramirez admits that her memories contain gaps and that she was drinking at the time, but that “after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney,” Farrow and Mayer write, “Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a dorm party, put his penis in her face, made her touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

Kavanaugh denied the allegation and several former classmates at Yale pushed back against Ramirez’s account. Farrow and Mayer write that “discussions among Ramirez and Kavanaugh’s classmates” recently spread to news organizations and to the Senate.

“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” Kavanaugh said in a statement to The New Yorker. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name—and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building— against these last-minute allegations.”

Here’s Farrow speaking with George Stephanopoulos this morning on GMA about the story:

Here’s Farrow on CNN New Day during the 7 a.m. ET hour speaking with John Berman:

Mayer appeared on CBS This Morning today. The co-hosts came out throwing fastballs, and got Mayer to admit that she and Farrow reached out to Ramirez…not vice-versa.

Mayer also appeared on Morning Joe, Today show, NPR Morning Edition and Andrea Mitchell Reports.