- Former NBC producer and host Matt Lauer accused of rape by a former NBC News colleague
- Brooke Nevils alleges that the rape happened when she was working with Lauer in Sochia back in 2014
- Lauer defends himself, describing Nevils as a willing partner to their affair
Two years after being fired from NBC due to his ‘inappropriate sexual behavior,’ former producer and host Matt Lauer now faces a rape allegation from a former NBC News colleague Brooke Nevils, who said he raped her in his hotel room in February 2014, during the Winter Olympics in Sochia, Russia.
The details of her case are penned in Ronan Farrow’s explosive new book “Catch and Kill.” Nevils’ identity remained anonymous until recently, and until now the full details of her allegations have not been made public.
via Page Six
According to Variety, Nevils recounted that night, saying that she was drinking with a colleague at a Sochi bar when Lauer joined them. When it was time to retire for the night, she went to Lauer’s hotel room twice – first when she went to retrieve her press pass, and second when Lauer invited her back. It was emphasized that Nevils “had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly based on prior experience.”
But on the second encounter, Lauer pushed her onto the bed, “flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex,” Farrow writes. “She said that she declined several times.” But in the end, he “just did it.”
She described the encounter as excruciatingly painful, and that Nevils eventually stopped saying no, weeping silently into a pillow. Nevils said she had bled for days.
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” Nevils told Farrow in the book. “It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
Nevils’ complaint led to Lauer’s firing from thee “Today” show nearly two years ago.
Lauer says the accusation is “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.” He calls the encounter with Nevils an “extramarital affair,” dismissing the claims as “part of a promotional effort to sell a book.”
In a lengthy letter, Lauer dismisses the claims, writing that the partners that he had affairs with “abandoned” their shared responsibility with their trysts “and instead, shielded themselves from blame behind false allegations.” He continues, “And I will no longer provide them the shelter of my silence.”
In it, he describes Nevils as “a fully enthusiastic and willing partner,” nothing that she “seemed to know exactly what she wanted to do.”
He also calls the encounter in Sochia as “consensual.” “We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual,” he writes. Lauer claims the encounter marked the beginning of an affair that continued when they returned to New York.
Whereas Lauer described their continuance of the affair in New York City as consensual, Nevils continued the sexual affairs, calling it “a transaction.
“Sources close to Lauer emphasized that she sometimes initiated contact,” Farrow writes. “What is not in dispute is that Nevils, like several of the women I’d spoken to, had further sexual encounters with the man she said assaulted her. ‘This is what I blame myself most for,’” she says to Farrow. “It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship.”
She only did this because she was absolutely terrified about the control and influence Lauer had over her career. Farrow writes that “Nevils’ work life became torture” because “She was made to sit in the same meetings as everyone else, discussing the news, and in all of them colleagues loyal to Lauer cast doubt on the claims, and judgment on her.” Nevils claims that their affair was no secret to everybody in NBC News and MSNBC.
Sources at NBC News say they haven’t read the book yet, but they plan to defend the company’s decisions against Farrow’s claims.
“Catch and Kill” comes out on October 15. -Variety/Rappler