Former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils claims in a new book that Matt Lauer raped her in a hotel room in 2014.
The allegation is made in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill,” and describes how the former “Today” show host allegedly anally raped her in the hotel room during the network’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics.
Brooke said she was in Sochi to work with “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira when the attack occurred.
She allegedly ran into Matt during a boozy night at their hotel bar and went back to his hotel room after he invited her.
Once in the room, he pushed her onto the bed and asked if she liked anal sex.
“She said that she declined several times,” Farrow wrote in the book.
Lauer then “just did it."
Brooke told Farrow the pain was excruciating and she spent the entire ordeal crying into a pillow.
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” she said.
“It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
Despite the alleged rape, Brooke said she had more sexual encounters with Lauer when they returned to New York.
“It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship,” she told Farrow, according to a report by Variety.
Nevils reported her ordeal to NBC executives and Lauer eventually was fired over the alleged sex assault. She was put on medical leave in 2018 and eventually was paid more than $1 million by the network.
“The network proposed a script she would have to read, suggesting that she had left to pursue other endeavors, that she was treated well, and that NBC News was a positive example of sexual harassment,” Farrow wrote in the book.
Matt Lauer, responding to these allegations, in an open letter sent through his lawyer, Libby Locke:
"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 goes on to say in the nearly 1,400-word piece that the alleged encounter in Sochi was “the first of many sexual encounters between us over the next several months.”
“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,” Lauer wrote. “At no time did she behave in a way that made it appear she was incapable of consent. She seemed to know exactly what she wanted to do. The only concern she expressed was that someone might see her leaving my room. She embraced me at the door as she left.”
Lauer goes on to accuse Nevils of making “false accusations” against him because she was hurt by how abruptly their affair ended.
He also painted her as being financially needy and shopping a book deal within a year after filing her complaint with NBC human resources, despite saying she wanted to remain anonymous.
“Now she is making outrageous and false accusations to help sell a different book and stepping into the spotlight to cause as much damage as she can,” Lauer wrote. “But Brooke’s story is filled with contradictions. Which Brooke is to be believed?”
Sources: Variety, Page Six.
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