2 former NBC employees say anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances

30 April, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Martin Tyler
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The veteran journalist, 60, is not happy his former Today cohost shared a story alleging she reported Lauer for sexual harassment on behalf of a female colleague in 2012: "Matt has been laying low for a reason, and just when he thought the worst was behind him, this story comes out with Ann on the record".

Tom Brokaw says he did not intend for this "rough draft" of a letter to be widely read.

"It is 4:00 am on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism", he began.

NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a letter to staff yesterday: "We take allegations such as these very seriously, and act on them quickly and decisively when the facts dictate".

In response, Vester's lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, said she stands by her allegations, "which speak for themselves".

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Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer, who was sacked in November amid allegations of workplace misconduct, has spoken out for the first time.

The letter was circulated after former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester said she was "groped and assaulted by Tom Brokaw".

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An NBC spokesman told The Washington Post there is no record of Curry's complaint and it was not noted in Lauer's personnel file.

"Back then had she reported something like this, I don't think anyone would've blinked", said Sarah Ellison of The Washington Post.

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"This is one of the problems when we talk about corporations with an HR department being under leadership of someone who might or might not be accused", she told the Post. Ailes, who passed away a year ago, left Fox News in 2016 amid sexual harassment allegations that he repeatedly denied.

NBC News said late previous year that it was launching a probe into Mr. Lauer's behavior during his long tenure at the network.

Vester has said she came forward in part because of NBC's failure to hire outside investigators to look into workplace issues at the company. She also mentioned she was Catholic as a way of rebuffing his advances.

"Once again, our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected", Lack said. That move she so vividly describes is NOT WHO I AM.

Vester told the Post she does not intend to sue Brokaw or NBC. He also said it was he who helped her land a job at Fox News by placing a call to Roger Ailes, the late chief executive of the network.

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He said NBC has been conducting a review with a team of legal and human resource leaders which "is nearing its conclusion, and we will have findings and further steps to share with you as soon as next week".

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