New allegations against former “Today” fixture Matt Lauer, including the alleged rape of an NBC News colleague, surfaced in Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill.” The book has yet to be released, but Variety obtained a copy and reported on the new allegations.
The development was discussed on NBC’s “Today” show, which posted the clip you can see below.
“Farrow’s most explosive interview in the book is with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee whose complaint about Matt Lauer led to the co-anchor’s firing from the ‘Today’ show in 2017,” Variety reports. “At the time, NBC News kept Nevils’ identity anonymous from press reports at her request. The full details of her allegations have not been made public until now.”
The report adds: “In the book, obtained by Variety, Nevils alleges that at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room.”
NBC News responded with a statement in which it said: “Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague.”
Through his lawyer, Lauer sent out an open letter denying wrongdoing. He’s quoted saying in the letter: “In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault. It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.”
Variety notes that Farrow’s new book also “recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in the New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired Black Cube, an investigative firm that employs ex-Mossad officers, to stop him.”
Below is the Twitter post from the “Today” show, including video of this morning’s report …
Overnight, troubling new allegations about former TODAY anchor Matt Lauer were revealed from journalist Ronan Farrow’s soon-to-be-released book “Catch and Kill.” @MorganRadford reports the details. pic.twitter.com/7ooO3oAJ5X
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 9, 2019