Book ac­cuses Matt Lauer of rape

Lodi News-Sentinel - - NATION/WORLD - By Stephen Battaglio

The NBC News em­ployee whose sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaint led to the fir­ing of Matt Lauer in Novem­ber 2017 says she was raped by the for­mer an­chor, ac­cord­ing to a new book by in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Ro­nan Farrow.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Va­ri­ety, which ob­tained a copy of the book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Con­spir­acy to Pro­tect Preda­tors,” Lauer al­legedly forced the woman, Brooke Nevils, to have anal sex in a ho­tel room in Sochi, Rus­sia, while the “To­day” team was cov­er­ing the 2014 Win­ter Olympics.

Nevils, who was in­ter­viewed by Farrow and agreed to re­veal her iden­tity, worked as an as­sis­tant to Mered­ith Vieira, Lauer’s co-an­chor at the time.

Nevils told Farrow she was drink­ing heav­ily the night of the in­ci­dent. She had gone to Lauer’s room twice — once to re­trieve an Olympics press cre­den­tial that he had taken as a joke and a sec­ond time at his in­vi­ta­tion.

Farrow wrote that “she had no rea­son to sus­pect Lauer would be any­thing but friendly based on prior ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Nevils al­leges that once she was in Lauer’s ho­tel room he pushed her against a door and kissed her be­fore push­ing her on the bed and ask­ing her if she liked anal sex. She de­clined sev­eral times, but he “just did it,” ac­cord­ing to the book. She said she wept into a pil­low dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

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