The former NBC Today show host Matt Lauer has been accused of “a case study in victim-blaming” by the woman who alleges he raped her in 2014.
Brooke Nevils, a former NBC News employee, said Lauer is trying to bully her into silence after he released a 1,400-word letter claiming the rape allegations “defied common sense” and that Nevils was a “willing partner” in anal, oral and vaginal sex. Nevils details the alleged rape, which she says occurred in a hotel room during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in a new book by the journalist Ronan Farrow.
Lauer was fired from NBC in November 2017 after the network received a complaint from one of his colleagues about inappropriate sexual behavior. The allegations in Farrow’s book represent the first time the specific rape accusation has been reported against Lauer. Variety obtained a copy of the book before its release on 15 October.
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