Lauer says the accusation — as detailed in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill” — is “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense,” calling the encounter with Nevils an “extramarital affair.” He dismisses the claims as “part of a promotional effort to sell a book.”
In the book, obtained by Variety, Nevils said Lauer anally raped her one night in Sochi, Russia. Lauer calls the act “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.
Nevils doesn’t deny that they had additional sexual encounters, but describes them as “completely transactional” due to their power dynamics.
Lauer also denied that his office desk at “Today” had a hidden button that allowed him to lock his door from the inside.
“It would have been impossible to confine anyone in my office, for any purpose, and I have never attempted to make anyone feel as if they were confined in my office,” he says. “I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period.”
Nevils’ complaint led to his firing from the “Today” show nearly two years ago.
“For two years, the women with whom I had extramarital relationships have abandoned shared responsibility, and instead, shielded themselves from blame behind false allegations,” Lauer writes. “And I will no longer provide them the shelter of my silence.”
Read the full letter, provided to Variety by Lauer’s lawyer, and the rest of the article HERE.