Brooke Nevils, the previous NBC News worker whose allegations towards Matt Lauer led to him being ousted from the Today present in 2017, has known as out Lauer’s “victim blaming” after he denied claims that he raped her.
Nevils is making public, for the primary time, her accusations that Lauer anally raped her whereas in Russia in 2014 protecting the Sochi Winter Olympics. The journalist spoke to Ronan Farrow for his new guide Catch and Kill, which might be printed October 15 and from which passages detailing Nevils’ allegations have been excerpted by Variety Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Lauer, 61, issued an almost 1,400-word letter to Variety strongly denying the rape claims and mentioned he and Nevils had a consensual affair that started in Sochi. “We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual,” mentioned Lauer.
Nevils has retorted together with her personal assertion, issued to NBC News, calling Lauer’s letter a “case study in victim blaming” and mentioned she was “not afraid of him now.”
The assertion mentioned: “There’s the Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on TV every morning for two decades, and there is the Matt Lauer who this morning attempted to bully a former colleague into silence. His open letter was a case study in victim blaming… I am not afraid of him now, regardless of his threats, bullying, and the shaming and predatory tactics I knew he would (and now has) tried to use against me.”
Brooke Nevils’ rape allegations towards Matt Lauer
In excerpts from Catch and Kill, a brand new guide during which Farrow chronicles his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and his personal misgivings with NBC News, Nevils is quoted as saying that the encounter in Sochi “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.”
Farrow claims within the guide that Nevils introduced up her assault to NBC bosses a number of instances. NBC mentioned it had no information of Nevils’ allegations till November 2017 and fired Lauer after she spoke to the human sources division.
In his letter printed Wednesday, Lauer mentioned that Nevils “was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner” and “at no time did she behave in a way that made it appear she was incapable of consent.”
Lauer continued that he and Nevils had a consensual affair after they returned to the U.S. from Sochi and known as claims that Nevils made about him contradictory.
“I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period,” mentioned Lauer.