Matt Lauer and his former colleagues at NBC’s Nowadays show have addressed the rape allegations created against Lauer by a former NBC employee as aspect of Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill.
Overnight on Tuesday, Wide variety reported that Catch and Kill options an interview involving Farrow and former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils, who alleges that Lauer anally raped her at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Her complaint against Lauer led to his firing from NBC in 2017. Nevils’ identity was kept anonymous at the time at her request this is the initially time the particulars of her allegations are getting created public.
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was as well drunk to consent,” Nevils told Farrow, per Wide variety. “It was nonconsensual in that I mentioned, several occasions, that I did not want to have anal sex.”
Farrow’s book also says that just after Lauer’s firing, Nevils discovered that Noah Oppenheim, president of NBC News, and Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, “had been emphasizing that the incident hadn’t been ‘criminal’ or an ‘assault.'” Nevils ultimately took health-related leave and a seven-figure payment.
Lauer denied wrongdoing in an open letter supplied to Wide variety by his lawyer. “In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted possessing, was in truth an assault,” Lauer mentioned. “It is categorically false, ignores the information, and defies popular sense.” Representatives for Lauer did not respond to Television Guide’s request for comment.
In a statement shared on Nowadays, NBC News emphasized that it had responded swiftly to Nevils’ complaint: “Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific, and reprehensible, as we mentioned at the time. That is why he was fired inside 24 hours of us initially understanding of the complaint. Our hearts break once more for our colleague.”
NBC News’ Morgan Radford addressed Wide variety‘s report on Nowadays on Wednesday morning, followed by a response from anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.
“I really feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment,” Guthrie mentioned. “This is shocking and appalling, and I honestly do not even know what to say about it. I want to say that I know it wasn’t straightforward for our colleague Brooke to come forward then, it is not straightforward now, and we help her and any females who have come forward with claims. And it is just quite painful for all of us at NBC and who are at the Nowadays show, and, you know, it is quite, quite, quite tricky.”
Kotb then recalled their initially broadcast following the news of Lauer’s firing in 2017. “We do not know all the information in all of this, but they are not allegations of an affair, they are allegations of a crime, and I consider that is shocking to all of us right here who have sat with Matt for numerous, numerous years,” Kotb mentioned. “I consider we’re going to continue to approach this aspect of this horrific story. And as you mentioned, our thoughts are with Brooke. It is not straightforward what she did to come forward. It is not straightforward at all.”
See Nowadays‘s complete report and Guthrie and Kotb’s responses under.
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