Matt Lauer’s Vic­tims Speak Out


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The dis­graced an­chor’s for­mer co­work­ers are left reel­ing af­ter he’s ac­cused of rap­ing a col­league.

IN A somber seg­ment on the To­day show on Oct. 9, Sa­van­nah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb were vis­i­bly shaken as they ad­dressed the ex­plo­sive new de­tails of the rape al­le­ga­tions against their dis­graced for­mer col­league Matt Lauer. “I feel like we owe it to our view­ers to pause for a mo­ment,” Sa­van­nah said. “This is shock­ing and ap­palling. I hon­estly don’t even know what to say about it.”

Fight­ing back tears, the morn­ing co­hosts were re­spond­ing to the de­tailed rev­e­la­tions in Ro­nan Far­row’s new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Con­spir­acy to Pro­tect Preda­tors, in which

Brooke Nevils, 35, the for­merly anony­mous NBC em­ployee whose com­plaint led to Lauer’s fir­ing in 2017, al­leges in dis­turb­ing de­tail how he anally raped her in his ho­tel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. “You feel like you know some­one,” said Hoda, who worked along­side Lauer for 12 years. “All of a sud­den the door opens up and it’s a part of them you didn’t know.” An in­sider tells Star that “Sa­van­nah and Hoda thought they’d heard it all, but they just can’t wrap their heads around this,” adding that the al­le­ga­tions are even more chill­ing since both women have young daugh­ters. “And they’re not alone . All of the To­day staff is re­pulsed by what’s be­ing re­ported.” Lauer, 61, promptly penned a vic­tim­blam­ing let­ter, fiercely in­sist­ing that the en­counter was “con­sen­sual” and dis­miss­ing Nevils’ claim as part of a pro­mo­tional ef­fort to sell the book. But Nevils’ sym­pa­thiz­ers — in­clud­ing NBC, which called his con­duct “rep­re­hen­si­ble” — are stand­ing firm. “We sup­port her and any women who have come for­ward with claims,” vowed Sa­van­nah. “I be­lieve she’s telling the truth,” said ex To­day host Ann Curry, who re­ported Lauer to net­work ex­ecs in 2012 af­ter a staffer claimed she’d been “sex­u­ally ha­rassed phys­i­cally” by him. “And that just breaks my heart.” Adds the source: “The women he al­legedly vi­o­lated will live with this for­ever, but so will the friends he blind­sided, like Hoda and Sa­van­nah. There are many, many vic­tims left in Matt’s wake.”

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