Two years after the “Today” present fired longtime anchor Matt Lauer, a brand new e book by Ronan Farrow alleges that Lauer misplaced his job after former NBC worker Brooke Nevils accused Lauer of anally raping her, Variety reported late Tuesday evening.
At the time of his firing, NBC News didn’t reveal both Nevils’ id, at her request, or the full particulars of her allegations. But she spoke with Farrow, a New Yorker reporter who helped break the allegations towards film mogul Harvey Weinstein, for his e book, “Catch and Kill.”
VICE News has not seen the e book, which is scheduled to be launched in mid-October, however the particulars of Nevils’ interview had been obtained by Variety. Lauer, in a letter to Variety Wednesday morning, denounced Nevils’ allegation as “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.”
In Farrow’s e book, Nevils reportedly says Lauer raped her whereas they had been in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympics. Nevils was then working with Meredith Veira, one other former “Today” anchor, and the two bumped into Lauer at the resort bar, in line with Variety. She allegedly had six pictures of vodka, and ultimately went again to Lauer’s resort room.
There, Nevils says, Lauer pushed her towards the door, kissed her, after which pushed her onto the mattress. He allegedly requested her if she preferred anal intercourse, and Nevils “declined several times,” Farrow writes, in line with Variety.
Nevils “was in the midst of telling him she wasn’t interested again when he ‘just did it,’” Farrow goes on, Variety reported. He allegedly didn’t use lubricant, and Nevils ended up crying right into a pillow. She additionally reportedly ended up bleeding for days.
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” Nevils reportedly informed Farrow. “It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
When they returned to the United States, Nevils says she had extra sexual encounters with Lauer, for which she blames herself and which she calls “completely transactional.” She reportedly feared Lauer’s skill to affect her profession.
On Wednesday morning, Lauer mentioned the encounter in Sochi was consensual, and described his ensuing relationship with Nevils as a months-long affair that ended when Lauer stopped speaking with her. Nevils tried to rekindle the affair, Lauer mentioned, however didn’t point out to him that she discovered their relationship to be nonconsensual. He mentioned he didn’t evaluation Nevils’ work, and she labored in a separate a part of the community.
“There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter” in Sochi, Lauer mentioned in his Variety letter. “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.”
Nevils ultimately informed Veira her account, after the #MeToo motion broke in 2017, and Veira urged her to file a proper grievance, Variety reported. But after Lauer was fired, Nevils says she came upon that NBC News’ president and chairman had been “emphasizing that the incident had not been ‘criminal’ or an ‘assault.'”
“Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we mentioned at the time,” NBC News mentioned in an announcement after Variety’s report was revealed. “That’s why he was fired inside 24 hours of us first studying of the grievance. Our hearts break once more for our colleague.”
Multiple girls have accused Lauer of sexual harassment, together with reportedly giving a feminine colleague a intercourse toy as a gift — alongside a be aware detailing how he needed to apply it to her — and exhibiting one other his penis.
Cover: In this Friday, March 29, 2013, file photograph, Matt Lauer, co-host of the NBC “Today” tv program, seems throughout a phase of the present in New York’s Rockefeller Center. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)