Television news icon Tom Brokaw, who anchored “NBC Nightly News” for 22 years, has been accused of sexual harassment, according to media reports. The Washington Post reports in an in-depth piece on NBC’s sexual harassment issues that former NBC correspondent Linda Vester detailed Brokaw’s alleged inappropriate behavior, which she says took place in the 1990s.
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Vester “told The Post that legendary anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances toward her on two occasions in the 1990s, including a forcible attempt to kiss her. Vester was in her 20s and did not file a complaint,” the paper reports. “Brokaw denied anything untoward happened with Vester.”
In a statement released by NBC, Brokaw initially said: “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago, because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC. The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other.”
The Post report adds that a second woman, who spoke anonymously, said Brokaw acted inappropriately toward her, also in the 1990s. The accuser was a young production assistant at the time, while Brokaw, who anchored NBC’s “Nightly News” from 1982-2004, was the face of the network’s news division.
Brokaw has denied the second accuser’s allegations.
Vester, now 52, told The Post: “I am speaking out now because NBC has failed to hire outside counsel to investigate a genuine, long-standing problem of sexual misconduct in the news division.”