It’s been two years since the initial sexual assault allegations and this morning, a new report shed light and gave explosive details against the former NBC News anchor and a cover-up accusation, reports CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan.
Former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils says Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
According to the way society set this up over the last couple of years, I believe this happened but I am disturbed by her actions afterward. Parents need to teach their children to avoid being alone with a man in a hotel room. especially after drinking. Lauer’s actions as described were illegal.
When former NBC anchor Matt Lauer was fired from the network and his gig on “Today” in November 2017, a widely circulated memo from NBC brass owed the sacking to alleged “inappropriate sexual behavior” that had been reported by another NBC employee mere hours before. In the days that followed, more details were revealed about Lauer’s alleged misdeeds, running the gamut from gifting sex toys to colleagues to exposing himself to another staffer.
Yet the original complaint, which alleged that Lauer behaved inappropriately towards towards a fellow NBC employee in a sexual manner for several months, starting at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, remained mostly vague in the weeks that followed.
Nevils told Farrow that during the second visit to Lauer’s room, the former anchor “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 wrote. ‘She said that she declined several times.’”
Farrow writes that Nevils repeatedly told Lauer that she was not interested and that he “just did it” and “the encounter was excruciatingly painful.” The former NBC employee told Farrow, “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.”
After the alleged rape in Sochi, Nevils told Farrow she had more sexual encounters with Lauer. Farrow writes in the book, “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.” Nevils told Farrow, “This is what I blame myself most for. It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship.”
In the months that followed, Nevils alleged she told multiple people at NBC about what had happened with Lauer, despite being afraid of the control she perceived the high-powered NBC anchor had over her young career. Nevils told Farrow that there were no repercussions for Lauer, despite her repeated telling of the story, until the fall of 2017 when “the post-Harvey Weinstein reckoning led former ‘Today’ colleagues to ask her about Lauer.”
After telling a “distraught” Vieira about the incident, the former anchor encouraged Nevils to officially go to NBC Universal human resources with her allegations. Lauer was fired soon after. Variety adds that, “though Nevils had been promised anonymity by human resources, [chairman of NBC News and MSNBC Andrew] Lack saying internally that the encounter had happened at Sochi limited the possibilities of complainants — and soon, everyone knew it was Nevils.”
There are accusations and then there is the truth. It’s hard to prove something when two people are alone as often happens in these cases. Women and Men, do NOT put yourself into compromising positions.
I’m not dismissing this at all, but why wouldn’t this person come out when the previous allegations were coming out. Doing it when a book is released may diminish the potential case if warranted. I think the authorities should be called prior to the book release.
“Farrow writes Lauer invited Nevils to his hotel room after a night of drinks.“ She goes willingly? What did she think was the purpose of the invitation? Chess? Spirited political discussion? Women DO have the choice over their bodies. They also have responsibilities for their behavior. Then there is the continued “transactional” sex? And they wonder why no one believes their #metoo stories.
You have to ask yourself, why did she keep going back to see Lauer after he “raped” her? Apparently they had multiple encounters after the event, according to her story. I am no Matt Lauer fan, but don’t accuse someone of rape then go to their house and have relations with them after it MULTIPLE TIMES.
All of the Today Show cast and crew are culpable to Matt’s behavior. These people are close and there is no way not one of them knew about his behavior when he was working there all that time. They are saying what they need to save face to the public.
I have to say that I always thought the guy was a little odd and never could understand why he was promoted up to the level of the show host. Maybe it was all about connections and deals between the media elites?
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