Lauer denies rape allegation of former NBC News employee in new Ronan Farrow book: report

Andrew Weber
October 09, 2019 - 8:18 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – There is a new allegation Wednesday morning against former Today Show co-host Matt Lauer.

Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill,” says former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils alleged Lauer raped her in his hotel room at the Sochi Olympics, according to Variety, which obtained a copy of the book.

Lauer provided a letter to Variety denying the allegation and claiming the relationship was consensual.

Farrow’s book reports that Nevils said that the Sochi incident 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,” according to Variety.

Later, in New York City, Nevils tells Farrow she had more sexual encounters with Lauer, some of which she initiated.

The book says Nevils told Meredith Viera about the Sochi incident in 2017 and Viera urged Nevils to go to NBC Universal human resources.

Nevils’ complaint triggered Lauer’s firing.

Lauer wrote in his statement, "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."

He continued, "The story Brooke tells is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter. Brooke did not do or say anything to object. She certainly did not cry. She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner. At no time did she behave in a way that made it appear she was incapable of consent."

“This is shocking and appalling and I honestly don’t even know what to say about it,” said Today Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie reacting to the reports Wednesday morning.

NBC News Chair Andy Lack says NBC is committed to making its workplace a safe one.

"Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time," NBC News said in a statement Wednesday. "That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague."

There has been no comment yet from Lauer’s representatives.

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