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Former AMI / National Enquirer Dirtbag Suing to Squash Ronan Farrow's Book


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 03:22 PM

Dylan Howard, who made his living digging up dirt, clearly hates having his own stank dragged out into the sunlight. He's suing in multiple nations to get Ronan Farrow's book blocked and he hasn't even seen it yet.

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Former top National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard is using high-powered law firms that practice in Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States in an attempt to quash Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow’s much-anticipated exposé Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.

According to two knowledgeable sources, Howard—in an extraordinary step for a journalist who otherwise claims to favor the free flow of information—has retained the services of New York’s Kravet & Vogel, Sydney-based McLachlan Thorpe Partners, and the London-based Tweed law firm in an apparent campaign to suppress Farrow’s book, which is scheduled for publication on Oct. 15.

In addition to threatening Farrow and his publisher, Hachette, with a potential libel suit for an unreleased book that they have yet to read, Howard’s legal team has taken the unusual step of also warning booksellers that plan to stock Catch and Kill.

Thus law firms on three continents are representing the 37-year-old Howard, a celebrity tabloid muckraker from Australia whose alleged efforts to gather opposition research on actress Rose McGowan on behalf of her accused rapist, indicted movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, along with the efforts of Enquirer owner American Media Inc. and Chief Executive David Pecker to purchase and suppress damaging stories about Donald Trump, are expected to be chronicled in New Yorker writer Farrow’s book.

Asked who is paying the lawyers’ fees, AMI spokesman Jon Hammond didn’t provide an answer. In a text message, Howard told The Daily Beast that he, not AMI, is personally footing the bill for this expensive legal assistance.

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 03:26 PM

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Asked who is paying the lawyers’ fees, AMI spokesman Jon Hammond didn’t provide an answer. In a text message, Howard told The Daily Beast that he, not AMI, is personally footing the bill for this expensive legal assistance.

Not short of a few bob then.
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Posted 15 October 2019 - 01:10 PM

Dylan Howard is in an all out panicky defense over Farrow's book which, prior to release, is already the #2 bestseller on Amazone.

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It’s no wonder that former National Enquirer Editor in Chief Dylan Howard has hired a multinational team of lawyers on three continents in an attempt to suppress New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill.

The picture that emerges of the 37-year-old Australian scandalmonger in Farrow’s book, already the No. 2 bestseller on Amazon.com the day before its official Oct. 15 release, is of a vindictive braggart who—along with David Pecker, the chief executive of the Enquirer’s parent company American Media Inc.—toiled diligently to protect disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump.

Howard, along with AMI, is one of the principal subjects of Farrow’s book; the other is Farrow’s former employer, NBC News, whose top executives killed his Harvey Weinstein scoop, Farrow claims, in order to protect star anchor Matt Lauer from Weinstein’s veiled threats to expose Lauer’s own sexual misconduct.

Catch and Kill has prompted NBC to go to war in recent days, furiously defending NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack and NBC News President Noah Oppenheim against Farrow’s allegations, and attacking the author as a disgruntled ex-employee with an axe to grind.

Farrow’s book derives its name from the tabloid practice of “catch and kill,” whereby publications purchase a subject’s story in order to bury or silence it.

For example, in his book, Farrow details the story of former Playboy-playmate Karen McDougal, who claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump, and in 2016 received $150,000 from AMI for her life rights, which effectively silenced her. The Wall Street Journal first reported McDougal’s alleged catch-and-kill deal just days before the 2016 presidential election.

Howard and Pecker later struck an immunity deal with federal prosecutors investigating Trump-related campaign law violations in the Southern District of New York.

Farrow’s revelations about Howard, Pecker and AMI—based in part on his previous reporting in The New Yorker—detail multiple instances in which Howard was allegedly at Harvey Weinstein’s beck and call, participating in damage-control strategy sessions and dropping everything to rush to the producer’s side while ordering AMI reporters to gather negative material on actress Rose McGowan, who had accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

“I want dirt on that bitch,” Farrow quotes Howard declaring in reference to McGowan, after another actress, Ashley Judd, claimed that an unnamed studio head (whom she later identified as Weinstein) had sexually harassed her.

“AMI reporters were asked to pursue negative items about her going to rehab,” Farrow writes about Judd.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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