NBC News, TODAY show address Matt Lauer rape allegations

NBC News, TODAY show address Matt Lauer rape allegations

Ronan Farrow's forthcoming book, "Catch and Kill", details a disturbing rape allegation against former NBC News host Matt Lauer, according to Variety.

He also argues that since Nevils was working for Vieira, who had been contracted for the Olympics by a different part of the network, he was in no position to "control" her career.

When Lauer was sacked from NBC about two years ago, a statement issued by the network said his termination came after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".

She says it happened after a night of drinking with Lauer and others at a hotel bar.

Farrow writes Lauer invited Nevils to his hotel room after a night of drinks.Once in the room, Nevils alleges Lauer 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. It was completely transactional.

According to Variety, Nevils ultimately chose to report the allegation with Vieira's encouragement. She had gone to Lauer's room twice - once to retrieve an Olympics press credential that he had taken as a joke and a second time at his invitation.

According to the book, Nevils told Farrow the encounter was painful and that "she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow". 'It hurt so bad. She then turned her attention to viewers, noting that she and Guthrie had prayed ahead of Wednesday's broadcast. According to Farrow's book, Nevils went to HR at the suggestion of Meredith Vieria, the longtime "Today" journalist she had worked for in Sochi. "It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn't want to have anal sex".

Once back in New York, Nevils had several more sexual encounters with Lauer. Farrow wrote that "it was no secret".

After Lauer's firing, she learned that Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, and Andrew Lack, the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, "were emphasizing that the incident hadn't been "criminal" or an "assault" - which she claims caused her to throw up, Farrow writes.

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"This is what I blamed myself most for", Nevils said. "It was not a relationship".

Lauer's former colleagues on "Today" covered the information revealed in the published excerpts this morning.

"I was [in L.A.] and my phone started going off at 4 a.m", she said.

NBC News did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for additional comment.

Nevils had never been after money, but the company paid her "seven figures" after telling her to go on medical leave in 2018.

It was only after the revelations of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein emerged in late 2017, setting off the #MeToo movement, that Nevils went to Vieira and told her about her experience with Lauer. Nevils did and Lauer was sacked soon after for "inappropriate workplace behavior".

Farrow claims Nevils "told colleagues and superiors at NBC" before moving to NBC's Peacock Productions to be a producer "and reported it to one of her new bosses there".

NBC News executives have maintained that they supported Farrow's reporting on the Weinstein scandal but would not budge from their position that he needed a victim or witness to the mogul's alleged behavior to be identified on camera for the story the air.

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