Former Today Show host Matt Lauer has been accused of raping an NBC News colleague in a hotel room during the Sochi Olympics.
The accusations have come in a new book by the reporter who really started exposing many of these crimes, Ronan Farrow, The New York Post reported.
The claim was made by another former NBC News employee, Brooke Nevils, who said she was the victim in this case.
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The journalist discloses the sexual assault allegation in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill,” which describes how the former “Today” show host allegedly anally raped her in the hotel room during the network’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics, according to Variety.
Nevils said she was in Sochi to work with “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira when the attack occurred, according to Variety, which obtained a copy of the book.
She allegedly ran into Lauer during a boozy night at their hotel bar and went back to his hotel room after he invited her.
Once in the room, Lauer pushed her onto the bed and asked if she liked anal sex, according to the report.
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Nevils said that she kept declining to engage in the act with him but that Lauer “just did it” and she spent the entire time 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.”
But, she said, she continued to have sex with Lauer when the two came back to New York calling it “transactional and “not a relationship.”
“Sources close to Lauer emphasized that she sometimes initiated contact,” Farrow said. “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.”
“This is what I blame myself most for,” Nevils said. “It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship.”
“Nevils’s work life became torture,” Farrow said. “She was made to sit in the same meetings as everyone else, discussing the news, and in all of them colleagues loyal to Lauer cast doubt on the claims, and judgment on her.”
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,” she said.
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