Ex-NBC Staffer Alleges Matt Lauer Raped Her

Matt Lauer rape allegation revealed in Ronan Farrow's new book,

Matt Lauer rape allegation revealed in Ronan Farrow's new book, "Catch and Kill"

At the end of the night, Nevils, who'd had six shots of vodka, ended up going to Lauer's hotel room twice - once to retrieve her press credential, which Lauer had taken as a joke, and the second time because he invited her back.

"Today" show host Savannah Guthrie said NBC staffers are "disturbed to our core" over allegations that Matt Lauer raped a female colleague.

Kotb noted that the new allegations had shook her deeply because she had worked with Lauer for 12 years.

"They are not allegations of an affair", Kotb told viewers.

She points out that she was both too drunk to give consent and voiced her non-consent many times.

According to Nevils, after Lauer was sacked, she learned NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and chairman Andrew Lack were "emphasizing that the incident had not been "criminal" or an 'assault'".

At the time of his firing, reporters commented that it was an open secret that Lauer not only preyed on his colleagues but intimidated them into silence over it as well. "She told Farrow, "'This is what I blame myself most for". That's why he was sacked within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint.

When the two of them went back to Lauer's room, Lauer allegedly got physical with Nevils, kissed her, and started "asking if she liked anal sex". However, she told Farrow it was "completely transactional" and "not a relationship". In the book, obtained by Variety, Nevils claims that Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room while they were in Russian Federation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

She says it happened after a night of drinking with Lauer and others at a hotel bar. She went on medical leave in 2018 and was eventually paid "seven figures". "Our hearts break again for our colleague". "Over the course of several hours, my client detailed egregious acts of sexual harassment and misconduct by Mr. Lauer".

In the book, Farrow talked to the former NBC News staffer whose complaint against Lauer lead to his firing back in 2017. He said that "some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".

Farrow's forthcoming book primarily focuses on his investigation into disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and the hurdles his then-employer, NBC News, put in his way that caused him to publish the story in the New Yorker instead. "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly". Lauer did not respond to a request for comment by Fox News. The book suggests that several NBC executives were dismissive of Nevils claims when they first heard about them, and that "The network proposed a script she would have to read, suggesting that she had left to pursue other endeavors, that she was treated well, and that NBC News was a positive example of sexual harassment".

"Matt Lauer's conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time". We are absolutely committed to making this a reality.

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