Published: Wed, October 09, 2019

Matt Lauer accused of raping NBC colleague; more

Matt Lauer accused of raping NBC colleague; more

Specifically, Ronan Farrow's new book Catch and Kill includes explosive new allegations from former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils, who says that Lauer anally raped her while at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Nevils told Farrow she was drinking heavily the night of the incident.

"In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault", Lauer says in the letter.

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Farrow shared a portion of Catch and Kill that goes in-depth about how Weinstein learned that the former NBC correspondent was digging into his decades of sexual abuse stories.

Representatives for Lauer did not immediately return TheWrap's request for comment. The book states that Weinstein and Dylan Howard - Chief Content Officer of National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc - searched for a way to coerce NBC into killing Farrow's reporting, eventually landing on a strategy focused on disgraced Today show anchor, Matt Lauer.

"Weinstein made it known to the network that he was aware of Lauer's behaviour and capable of revealing it", Farrow writes. Nevils then told Vieira what had happened, to which the "distraught" presenter urged her "to go to NBC Universal human resources with a lawyer".

Lauer's attorney told Variety that his client is innocent of these charges.

"Matt Lauer's conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time", they said in a statement. We don't know all the facts of this, but it's not allegations of an affair; they're allegations of a crime.

A pdf of Lauer's letter is posted here.

"It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent", Nevils told Farrow. "It was completely transactional".

NBC News deserves some credit for covering that part of Variety's report on Farrow's book. NBC said it fired Lauer on November 29, 2017, after a female staffer accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior, but did not identify her.

Nevils said she told "like a million people" about her situation with Lauer after their encounters, but was terrified about the power he had over her career.

She claimed he "just did it" without lubricant while she was telling him she didn't want it. That's why he was sacked within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint.

"I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive behavior actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false", Lauer said at the time in the re-broadcast clip. She certainly did not cry.

Her account is sure to prompt new questions about whether she felt protected by NBC.

Once she was in his hotel room, Nevils alleges, Lauer - who was wearing a T-shirt and boxers - pushed her against the door and kissed her. "Our hearts break again for our colleague", NBC News said in a statement that was read on air. "I hope those people will understand that these allegations cross a serious line, and what they can share is a vital truth, even if it may seem unpopular".

While HR are said to have promised Nevils anonymity, her story quickly got out in the company, and prompted her to go on medical leave in 2018.

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