Matt Lauer Denies Rape Allegation, Claims Consensual Affair

Carla Harmon
October 9, 2019

In a three-page open letter released Wednesday, Lauer denounced the account, which he called "a risky and defamatory new part of a promotional effort to sell a book". Variety magazine reveals an interview by journalist Ronan Farrow for his new book, "Catch and Kill".

In Farrow's new book, "Catch and Kill", ex-NBC staffer Brooke Nevils goes on the record, detailing an incident in a Sochi, Russia hotel room where Matt Lauer allegedly raped her, according to Variety, which obtained a copy of the book. She said she didn't think he'd be anything but nice based on her previous experiences with him, but she claims that when she was in the hotel room, Lauer pushed her against the wall, kissed her, and asked if she liked anal sex.

Savannah ended the segment by saying, "I think I speak for all of us".

Lauer claims that he and Nevils continued their extramarital affair once back in NY, noting that never did she "express in words or actions any discomfort" with the arrangement.

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

The Missouri native and 2007 Johns Hopkins University grad, who double-majored in political science and writing seminars, began as a page on the "Today show - where she said she was once assigned such tasks as finding actor Robert De Niro's lost wallet".

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. He claims that Nevils did not even work for him and that she met him at his apartment "on multiple occasions to continue the affair". "It was not a relationship".

In a sombre segment on Wednesday's show, Guthrie and Kotb addressed the allegations, with the former - who worked with Lauer for five years - saying: "I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment". Said Guthrie, "This is shocking and appalling".

"'This is what I blame myself most for, '" she says to Farrow. That's why he was sacked within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint.

Nevils reported the alleged attack to NBC Universal executives three years later. "However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false".

According to the potentially triggering report, Nevils says that she, Lauer, and Meredith Viera ran into each other at a hotel bar in Sochi. Brooke did not do or say anything to object. "Our hearts break again for our colleague", reads a statement by NBC News.

NBC News did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for additional comment. More women came forward to accuse Lauer of misconduct - including allegations that he once gave a colleague a sex toy as a gift and that he had exposed his penis to another female colleague.

Nevils had never been after money, but the company paid her "seven figures" after telling her to go on medical leave in 2018. "She told her colleagues and superiors at NBC", and after she switched jobs, she "reported it to one of her new bosses there".

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