On Friday, March 2, 2018, PBS premiered a Frontline documentary about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and Tom Ajamie’s role in uncovering Weinstein. This joint Frontline/BBC Panorama production exposes Weinstein’s efforts to threaten and intimidate anyone who tried to shed light on his sexual and financial wrongdoings.
As it has previously been reported (here), in March 2016, Tom Ajamie was retained by the nonprofit amfAR to conduct an investigation into improprieties surrounding an amfAR fundraising event involving Weinstein. During the course of that investigation, Ajamie learned about widespread claims of sexual harassment and sexual abuse against Weinstein, the related payoffs, and other wrongdoings. The allegations then came to light in 2017 and were the impetus for Weinstein’s downfall as well as the rise of the #metoo movement.
The Frontline documentary investigates the tactics Weinstein and those around him used to silence his accusers — financial settlements, nondisclosure agreements, threats and intimidation. Frontline’s investigative journalism, long-form news, and current affairs series has been running since 1983, garnering numerous journalism and broadcasting awards along the way — including 89 Emmy Awards and 20 Peabody Awards. You can find a preview of the Weinstein documentary on the Frontline website (here).