Matt Lauer allegedly raped an NBC News colleague in his lodge room throughout the Winter Olympics in Sochi, investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s new e book has claimed.
Brooke Nevils is the previous NBC News worker whose grievance about Lauer led to the co-anchor’s firing from the Today present within the fall of 2017, Farrow’s e book Catch and Kill reveals, Variety reported.
When Lauer was ousted, Nevils was saved nameless by NBC News at her request. The full particulars of her allegations in opposition to Lauer have been revealed for the primary time in Farrow’s e book, which particulars his investigation into Harvey Weinstein and the obstacles he confronted from his then-employer NBC News that led to him taking the Pulitzer Prize-winning story to The New Yorker as an alternative.
Nevils alleges that Lauer, who was married on the time, anally raped her in his lodge room whereas they had been each protecting the 2014 Sochi Olympics, in accordance with Variety who obtained a replica of Farrow’s e book.
Newsweek has contacted a consultant for Lauer and NBC News for remark.
Nevils stated she was assigned to work with former Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira in Sochi. One night time she was having drinks with Vieria on the lodge bar the place the NBC News crew had been staying when Lauer joined them. She had six photographs of vodka that night time, she informed Farrow.
Nevils stated she went to Lauer’s room twice that night time. Once to retrieve her press credential, which she says Lauer had taken as a joke, and the second time after Lauer invited her.
She “had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly” primarily based on her earlier expertise, Farrow wrote within the e book. But as soon as she was within the room, Nevils claimed that Lauer, sporting a T-shirt and boxers, pushed her in opposition to the door and kissed her. He then pushed her onto the mattress, flipped her over and requested her “if she liked anal sex.”
Nevils stated she declined a number of occasions—and she or he “was in the midst of telling him she wasn’t interested again when he ‘just did it,'” Farrow wrote.
The encounter was “excruciatingly painful” for Nevils, she informed Farrow, as Lauer did not use any lubricant. “It hurt so bad. I remember thinking, Is this normal?” Nevils informed Farrow.
Farrow added that Nevils informed him she ultimately stopped saying no and simply “wept silently into a pillow.” Afterwards, when Lauer requested her if she appreciated it, she stated sure. But she informed Farrow that she “bled for days.”
Nevils stated to Farrow: “It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent. It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
Nevils had additional sexual encounters with Lauer after returning to New York City. Farrow wrote that sources near Lauer stated she generally initiated that contact.
“‘This is what I blame myself most for,'” Nevils informed Farrow. “It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship.”
Nevils feared the management Lauer had over her profession, however after her encounters with him ended, she stated she informed “like a million people” about what occurred with Lauer, together with colleagues and superiors at NBC.
“This was no secret,” Farrow wrote. But nothing occurred till the autumn of 2017 when her former Today colleagues requested her about Lauer within the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which had sparked the rise of the #MeToo motion.
Nevils informed Vieria, who urged her to go to NBC Universal human sources with a lawyer, which she did, in accordance with the e book.
Lauer had been a morning tv staple for greater than 20 years when he was fired from the Today present in November 2017. He was additionally one in all NBC’s highest paid personalities, incomes $20 million a 12 months, in accordance with Fortune journal.
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack stated in a press release on the time that Lauer had violated the corporate’s requirements.
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” Lack stated.
But Nevils later realized that Lack and Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News and MSNBC, had been “emphasizing that the incident hadn’t been ‘criminal’ or an ‘assault.'”
Her work life grew to become “torture” as she was compelled to sit down in conferences with colleagues who had been loyal to Lauer and forged doubt on her claims, she informed Farrow.
Although she was promised anonymity by human sources, Lack revealing the grievance stemmed from an encounter in Sochi restricted the pool of accusers, she stated, and shortly everybody was conscious it was her.
Nevils informed Farrow she did not need cash, however she went on medical go away final 12 months and was ultimately paid “seven figures.” Farrow reported that NBC News had proposed she counsel she left to pursue different alternatives, that she had been handled properly and that NBC News was “a positive example of sexual harassment.”
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators might be launched on October 15.