Matt Lauer Accused of Rape by Former NBC News Employee
Matt Lauer has been accused of rape by a former NBC News colleague.
A former NBC employee who launched a rape accusation against Matt Lauer in 2017, ultimately leading to the longtime anchor’s ousting from the network, has revealed disturbing details of the alleged assault in a new book.
The initial complaint from Brooke Nevils was previously kept anonymous by NBC News. In an interview with Ronan Farrow for his forthcoming book “Catch and Kill,” Nevils alleges the former “Today” anchor raped her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The details of the accusation were not made public until now.
“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,” she said.
Variety first reported the new details October 8 after obtaining an advance copy of Farrow’s book. Lauer has admitted to having an “extramarital affair” with Nevils but denied the rape allegation.
“In a book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault,” he said in a letter to Variety. “It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.”
Nevils and Lauer reportedly had a consensual sexual relationship while in New York City. Lauer claims he didn’t know Nevils said the Sochi encounter was nonconsensual.
“What is not in dispute is that Nevils, like several of the women I’d spoken to, had further sexual encounters with the man she said assaulted her,” Farrow writes in “Catch and Kill.”
His former Today co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb called the allegations “shocking and appalling” earlier Thursday.
“I want to say that we—I know it wasn’t easy for out colleague Brooke to come forward then, It’s not easy now, and we support her and any women who have come forward with claims,” Guthrie said on “Today.”
Farrow’s book will come out later this month.