“A third woman has come forward to accuse longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw of making an unwanted advance toward her early on in her journalism career,” The New York Daily News reports. “Mary Reinholz claims in a new first-person testimonial that Brokaw, who was married at the time, attempted to kiss her inside her rented Los Angeles-area home 50 years ago after helping her with a story she was working on.”
The piece by Reinholz, who was a young reporter at the time of the alleged incident, was published today by The Villager.
“We talked and then, abruptly, he was embracing me and giving me a French kiss,” Reinholz writes in the piece.
“I pulled away, reminding him that he was married and a tryst was out of the question,” she writes. “He said, ‘Yes, it would be unfair to Meredith,’ meaning his wife.”
The Daily News adds: “Reinholz says she and Brokaw, now 78, got together at her home after he managed to obtain information from the Los Angeles Police Department that she had been unable to get herself. She did not say which year this allegedly occurred, but said she was hit on ‘by several powerful men in the news business’ during the 1960s, including Brokaw.”
The Daily News adds that Reinholz “claims the encounter with Brokaw, who was anchoring for Los Angeles’ KNBC station at the time, left her ‘uncomfortable,’ adding that she ‘wasn’t interested in Brokaw as a sex partner.'”
The allegation comes less than a week after former NBC correspondent Linda Vester said Brokaw made unwanted advances toward her in the 1990s, which Brokaw has denied. A second woman, speaking anonymously, made similar allegations against Brokaw.