“As his open letter clearly reveals, there may be more than one Matt Lauer. There’s the Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on TV every morning for two decades, and there is the Matt Lauer who this morning attempted to bully a former colleague into silence,” Nevils stated in a press release initially launched to NBC Information.
CNN Enterprise has additionally obtained her assertion. In it, she stated Lauer’s letter “concluded by threatening any other woman who might dare to speak out against him.”
Nevils was apparently citing this paragraph from Lauer’s letter: “For two years, the women with whom I had extramarital relationships have abandoned shared responsibility, and instead, shielded themselves from blame behind false allegations. They have avoided having to look a boyfriend, husband, or a child in the eye and say, ‘I cheated.’ They have done enormous damage in the process. And I will no longer provide them the shelter of my silence.”
“This,” Nevils wrote in her response, “is the Matt Lauer, then the most powerful asset at NBC News, who I feared when I continued to engage with him, as many victims of acquaintance rape do, particularly in the workplace. This is the Matt Lauer I reported in November 2017. I was not afraid of him then, and I am not afraid of him now, regardless of his threats, bullying, and the shaming and predatory tactics I knew he would (and now has) tried to use against me. The shame in this story belongs to him.”
A consultant for Lauer declined to touch upon Nevils’ assertion.
Lauer, in his open letter, concurred that Nevils got here to his room that evening in Sochi, however stated “each act was mutual and completely consensual,” he wrote, in denying that he raped her.
“There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter. Brooke did not do or say anything to object. She certainly did not cry. She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner,” Lauer wrote.
They each acknowledge having a consensual sexual relationship again within the States. However the e-book describes Nevils as profoundly affected by the alleged rape, inflicting her to abuse alcohol and withdraw from work. “I just get so angry how this one thing derailed my life,” she instructed Farrow.
In a tweet Wednesday night, Nevils stated, “I want to thank the many survivors who shared their stories with me today and offered their support. It takes courage, and I am truly grateful.”
Earlier Wednesday, “Today” present hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb expressed help for Nevils.
The letter landed a few hours later, and it floored his former NBC colleagues.
“Never seen anything like it,” one NBC staffer stated.
Lauer says in his letter that his silence over the previous two years has been a mistake and that he will not keep silent anymore amid accusations about his conduct.
Lauer’s former co-host Ann Curry, who was pressured off the present in 2012 and partly blamed Lauer for dropping her job, tweeted her help for Nevils.
“I believe she is telling the truth. And that breaks my heart,” she wrote.
Megyn Kelly, who hosted the third hour of the “Today” present on the time of Lauer’s firing, additionally commented on the matter Wednesday. She stated “the attacks being heaped on Brooke Nevils” by folks “who have no clue how unchecked power can infect a workplace are deeply misguided.”