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Bob Woodward Booed During ‘Uncomfortable' Event With #MeToo Reporters

"His questions and interjections made clear he doesn't understand the first thing about rape culture," one audience member tweeted.

A discussion Wednesday evening between journalist Bob Woodward and the two New York Times reporters who uncovered the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal turned "incredibly uncomfortable" when Woodward repeatedly interrupted them and questioned whether their sources were credible, audience members said.

The packed event, held at the Sixth and I synagogue in Washington, was a conversation between Woodward and Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey about their new book, "She Said," which delves into how they broke their October 2017 story detailing decades of sex accusations against film mogul Weinstein, who denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex. Kantor and Twohey's reporting helped unleash the #MeToo movement, a global reckoning of sexual harassment and assault.

Those who attended Wednesday's event said they were stunned by the way Woodward, 76, moderated — which included asking Kantor and Twohey if they thought any of their sources had not been telling the truth and accusing them of dodging questions when they told him that assault and harassment is about power, not sex, as he speculated it was.

At one point, said audience member Anna Kain, Woodward interrupted the two so many times that someone attending yelled "Let them finish!" prompting cheers from others.

"I was not expecting it to take the turn it took," Kain, 30, a Washington resident who works in government affairs, told NBC News.

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