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Matt Lauer was let go from NBC in 2017 following allegations of sexual assault. But in his explosive new book, Ronan Farrow claims the true reason the shamed former Today Show host was fired was because he raped a fellow colleague.
In “Catch and Kill,” the journalist, 31, exposes his interview with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee whose complaint about Lauer, 61, led to his dismissal. Neither her identity nor her allegations had been made public until now.
In the book, obtained by Variety, Nevils claims the former co-anchor raped her in his hotel room while they were both on location covering the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Nevils was working with co-anchor Meredith Vieira on Olympics coverage at the time. During the trip, the two women went to the hotel bar for drinks. At one point, they ran into Lauer, who then joined them. At the end of the night, Nevils had had six shots of vodka. Lauer had taken her press credential as a joke, so she went to his hotel room to retrieve it. After returning to her own suite, Lauer invited her back to his room. Thinking he would be nothing but “friendly,” as always, she went.
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One inside, Nevils claims Lauer — who was wearing nothing but a T-shirt and boxers — pushed her against the door and kissed her.
He then pushed her onto the bed, “flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex,” Farrow writes. “She said that she declined several times.”
Farrow adds that according to Nevils, she “was in the midst of telling him she wasn’t interested again when he ‘just did it,’”
Lauer “didn’t use lubricant,” Nevils said, and “The encounter was excruciatingly painful. ‘It hurt so bad. I remember thinking, Is this normal?’”
Eventually she stopped saying no and wept silently into a pillow. When Lauer asked her again if she liked it, she said yes.
She claims “she bled for days,” Farrow writes.
Nevils told Farrow that the assault “was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent.”
“It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex,” she said.
Nevils had more sexual …
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