Matt Lauer released a letter denouncing a former colleague’s rape claim.
Ronan Farrow is releasing a new book Catch and Kill. In it, Farrow reveals the identity of the woman whose allegations against Matt Lauer led to his 2017 firing from the Today Show.
Brooke Nevils is a former NBC News employee who did an interview with Farrow for the book. In it, she alleges she was anally raped by Lauer during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Nevils said she was there to work with Meredith Vieira, and Lauer joined them for drinks at the hotel bar one evening. After consuming six shots of vodka, Nevils went to Lauer’s room to get her press credential, which she says Lauer had playfully taken. Nevils claims Lauer forced her onto the bed, turned her onto her stomach, and asked if she enjoyed anal sex. She said that she declined several times, but says Lauer did it anyway.
Lauer fired back with a letter. In it, Lauer states that he has been silent to protect his kids but, he’s done keeping quiet. He goes on to say that the two had extramarital affairs that began in his hotel room in Sochi. He got specific and said, “Each act was mutual and completely consensual. The only concern she expressed was that someone might see her leaving my room.”
He also wrote that their affair continued after the Olympics and that Nevils “went out of her way to see me several times in my dressing room at work, and on one of those occasions we had a sexual encounter. It showed terrible judgment on my part, but it was completely mutual and consensual.”
Nevils slammed Lauer’s open letter, calling it “a case study in victim shaming.”