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On Monday, journalist Sil Lai Abrams openly accused NBC News of killing a story about her sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons and AJ Calloway in an op-ed published on the Daily Caller.

In the op-ed Abrams wrote that Simmons raped her back in 1994 and the former Extra host Calloway sexually assaulted her in 2006. Although Calloway was arrested the case was dismissed as both men have denied any wrongdoing.

Abrams then said she spoke to MSNBC’s Joy Reid in 2017 about the allegations and a formal interview was done in 2018. Reid then told Abrams that the story needed to be put on hold and the network was worried about “threats from Russell’s lawyer.”

Abrams said NBC put her through a strict vetting process where she provided legal documentation, hospital bills, and witness testimony.

Reid wrote to Abrams, “I just have to get my company to have the guts to do the story.”

In the end, NBC killed the story and Reid told Abrams she needed to take her story somewhere else. She also told Abrams she was being ignored from senior management at NBC about the story.

Abrams story was eventually published in the Hollywood Reporter in June of 2018 and included Abrams allegations over a cover-up at NBC News.

NBC News is under fire after another journalist, Ronan Farrow accused the network of shutting down his story about sexual misconduct against now disgraced movie businessman Harvey Weinstein. In Farrow’s book he alleged the cover-ups and also published the story in The New Yorker in 2017. 

Farrow said NBC was pressured into dropping a story because Weinstein knew of former NBC host Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct.

NBC News denied Farrow’s allegations.

Marissa Martinez is the founder of Strategic Rush, contributor for Accuracy in Media, The Hill, and Republican Strategist for PACs and congressional candidates. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa

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