Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer vehemently denied to former colleague's allegation that he raped her in a hotel room in 2014. Farrow's new book - an extramarital affair and wrote, "I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex."
"In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted, was in fact an assault," Lauer added. "It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense."
He added that he had made a concerted effort to protect his family. But after the newest allegation, Lauer wrote: "My silence has been a mistake."
"Catch and Kill," Variety magazine reveals that Nevils claimed that Lauer was raped in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In his letter, Lauer refuted Nevils' accusation and called her "a fully enthusiastic and willing partner."
"The Brooke story tells us that it is filled with false details intended to create the impression," Lauer wrote in the letter published by Variety. "Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter. I didn't do anything or say to object. She certainly did not cry. She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner."
Two years after Matt Lauer was fired by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior," Farrow writes in his book, Lauer invited Nevils to his room after a night of drinks. Once in the room, Nevils alges Lauer pushed against the door and kissed her. He then pushed onto the bed, flipped her over and asked her if she "liked anal sex." Nevils said she declined several times. But he "was in the midst of telling him he wasn't interested again when he just did it." "Nevils recalls the encounter was excruciatingly painful.
Nevils says there were more sexual encounters with Lauer when he returned to New York, telling Farrow, "This is what I blame myself for. It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship." Farrow says Nevils told colleagues and superiors at NBC about the encounters.
Lauer's letter, which is blunt and occasionally graphic in its details, argues that Nevils' story is "filled with contradictions." He claims that Nevils did not even work for him and that he met his apartment "on multiple occasions to continue the affair."
"She said she felt pressure to continue the business because I had control over her career, but she didn't work for me, the Today Show, or NBC News," Lauer writes. "She said she wanted to remain anonymous, yet she reportedly trying to sell a book within a year after filing her complaint."
In 2017, when the Me too movement gained momentum with the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Farrow says Nevils confided in former "Today" show co-anchor Meredith Vieira about the alleged assault. Vieira urged Nevils to "file a formal complaint report with NBC's office of human resources," which Farrow says she did. According to Nevils, after Lauer was fired, she learned NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and chairman Andrew Lack
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In his letter, Lauer was adamant that his encounters with Nevils were consensual and that his silence since sexual assault allegations were made against him two years ago In his letter, Lauer admits to extramarital relationships and argues that the women who have accused him of wrongdoing have "shielded themselves from blame."