Book accuses Matt Lauer of rape
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.