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Matt Lauer Accused of Raping Co-Worker in New Ronan Farrow Book
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An explosive new book by former NBC reporter Ronan Farrow alleges that former "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer anally raped an NBC staffer in his hotel room during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“Catch and Kill” is Farrow’s upcoming book that recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein and the hurdles he faced that lead him to take the story from NBC News to the New Yorker instead.
In the book, Farrow talked to the former NBC News staffer whose complaint against Lauer lead to his firing back in 2017.
Brooke Nevils, whose identity was initially protected by NBC News at her request, agreed to talk to Farrow for the book.
Farrow recounts the disturbing details of Nevils' alleged sexual assault by Lauer in excerpts published by Variety:
In Sochi, Nevils was tasked with working with former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira, who’d been brought back to the show to do Olympics coverage. In her account, one night over drinks with Vieira at the hotel bar where the NBC News team was staying, they ran into Lauer, who joined them. At the end of the night, Nevils, who’d had six shots of vodka, ended up going to Lauer’s hotel room twice — once to retrieve her press credential, which Lauer had taken as a joke, and the second time because he invited her back. Nevils, Farrow writes, “had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly based on prior experience.”
Once she was in his hotel room, Nevils alleges, Lauer — who was wearing a T-shirt and boxers — pushed her against the door and kissed her. He then pushed her onto the bed, “flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex,” Farrow writes. “She said that she declined several times.”
According to the book, Nevils said the encounter was painful and that “she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow.”
When Lauer asked her if she liked it, Farrow wrote, she told him yes, Variety reported.
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” Nevils told Farrow. “It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
When they returned to New York, Nevils claimed she had more sexual encounters with Lauer.
“This is what I blamed myself most for,” Nevils said. “It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship.”
According to the account of Farrow’s book in the Variety article, Nevils was “terrified about the control Lauer had over her career.”
Savannah Guthrie said Wednesday that she and everyone else at NBC’s "Today" show were “disturbed to our core” over the fresh allegations against Lauer.
“I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment,” said Guthrie. “This is shocking and appalling, and I honestly don’t even know what to say about it. I want to say that I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then. It’s not easy now. And we support her and any women who come forward with claims. It’s just very painful for all of us at NBC and at the Today show, and it’s very, very difficult.”
The Chicks on the Right discussed the allegations against Matt Lauer on Wednesday's show. Click the link below to check it out.