Report: NBC staffer accuses Matt Lauer of rape in new book
WASHINGTON (SBG) – An NBC employee has come forward and accused former 'Today' show host, Matt Lauer of rape, according to CNN.
Lauer was fired from NBC two years ago when an employee accused him of "inappropriate sexual behavior." That employee, Brooke Nevils, described in vivid detail her account of that evening and ultimately claiming that the 2014 incident was rape.
Nevils makes the accusation against Lauer in Ronan Farrow's new book "Catch & Kill." She tells Farrow that the alleged incident "derailed my life."
CNN obtained a copy of the book before its publication date.
Lauer has responded to the accusations made against him in an open letter to Variety.
"The story Brooke tells is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter," he said. "She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner. 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 has admitted to having extramarital affairs, some with co-workers, but claims he has never forced another person to have sex with him.
According to the CNN report, while Nevils and Lauer's accounts of the incident are different, both have said their interaction occurred in February 2014 at the Sochi, Russia Olympic games.
In Farrow's book, Nevils states that she was at a hotel bar drinking with Lauer and other colleagues. She then claimed that Lauer invited her to his room but felt she "had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly based on prior experience." When they arrived in the room together, that's when she claims that Lauer raped her, according to CNN.
"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."
Nevils confided in Meredith Vieira, who she worked for at the time of the incident. Vieira encouraged her to speak to HR and to obtain a lawyer.
Editor's Note: We have disclosed the name of the alleged victim of sexual assault in this story because they have stepped forward publicly to tell their story.