Matt Lauer’s Victims Speak Out
MATT LAUER’S EX- COLLEAGUES ARE SHAKEN TO THE CORE AMID SHOCKING NEW REVELATIONS ABOUT HIS ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT.
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.”