Matt Lauer Denies Rape Allegation, Claims Consensual Affair


Matt Lauer and his former colleagues at NBC's Today show have addressed the rape allegations made against Lauer by a former NBC employee as part of Ronan Farrow's new book, Catch and Kill.

She was working for Vieira during NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, when she says Lauer cornered her in his hotel room and raped her. Variety reports it obtained an advanced copy of "Catch and Kill", scheduled to hit bookstores next week, identifying a woman accusing Lauer of anally raping her in a Russian Federation hotel room.

Following the alleged rape, Nevils continued having sexual encounters with Lauer.

NBC News executives have said Farrow's reporting done at the network never reached the necessary standard for putting it on the air.

Farrow is best known as one of the journalists who broke the story about sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

On "Today", Radford noted that Lauer was sacked a day after Nevils and her lawyer met with NBC's human resources department. After concluding that his "silence was a mistake", Lauer writes: "Today, almost two years after I was sacked by NBC, old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a unsafe and defamatory new allegation is being made". But after the newest allegation, Lauer wrote: "My silence has been a mistake". "Brooke did not do or say anything to object", Lauer wrote.

In a statement to TheWrap, NBC News said, "Matt Lauer's conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time".

The disgraced anchor ends by saying he's remained silent until now but feels the need to defend himself. adding that the women he had affairs with "have abandoned shared responsibility, and instead, shielded themselves from blame behind false allegations".

Nevils tells Farrow: "It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent", she says. "It was completely transactional".

Nevils says she had a sexual relationship with Lauer after Sochi and was afraid about his influence over her career. He said the encounter was consensual. She certainly did not cry.

Another source tells us that the decision to fire Lauer was made late Tuesday night by NBC News chairman Andy Lack. "Our hearts break again for our colleague".

In a letter from Lauer provided to Variety, the former NBC anchor responded: "I had an extramarital affair with Brooke Nevils in 2014". During that second visit, Nevils alleges Matt pounced on her, put her on the bed and penetrated her.

"My client and I met with representatives from NBC's Human Resources and Legal Department at 6pm on Monday", Nevils' attorney Ari Wilkenfeld said at the time.

Farrow also shares details about his friction with NBC as he ran his Weinstein exposes with The New Yorker. While Hoda said in her April 2018 profile for Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People In New York Media List" that she still spoke with Matt, it's unclear if she's kept that connection. "I hope those people will understand that these allegations cross a serious line, and what they can share is a vital truth, even if it may seem unpopular".

Although Nevils maintained she didn't want any money off the back of the allegations, she was eventually paid a "seven-figure" sum.