When NBC fired popular longtime “Today” host Matt Lauer in November 2017, the network alleged that he engaged in “inappropriate sexual” behavior.
But his behavior reportedly went beyond being merely “inappropriate” and included anally raping a female NBC News employee in his hotel room while the two were in Russia to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. That’s according to new details revealed in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill.”
Brook Nevils, the NBC News employee making the allegations, is the same woman whose complaint against Lauer led to his firing, according to Variety, which obtained a copy of Farrow’s book.
Nevils’ identity and details about her allegations have not been previously known to the public. They are being revealed for the first time in Farrow’s book, Variety explained.
Nevils told Farrow she was assigned to work in Sochi with former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira, who had been brought back to the show to do Olympics coverage.
Nevils explained that the attack happened after a night of drinking at a hotel bar. She said she went to Lauer’s hotel room to pick up her press credential, and then returned when Lauer invited her back shortly after.
Nevils told Farrow she “had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly based on prior experience.” But when she returned to Lauer’s hotel room, she said the “Today” host, wearing a T-shirt and boxers, pushed her against the door and kissed her.
Lauer then pushed her onto the bed, “flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex,” Farrow writes, according to Variety. Nevills said she was trying to tell Lauer she didn’t want anal sex, when he “just did it.”
Farrow reported that the encounter was excruciatingly painful. “It hurt so bad,” she said. “I remember thinking, Is this normal?” Nevills told Farrow she wept silently into the pillow, while Lauer asked her if she liked it.
Nevils told Farrow: “It 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.”
Sources close to Lauer emphasized that she sometimes initiated contact,” Farrow writes. Nevils told Farrow she was afraid Lauer would end her career, so she continued to have “transactional” sexual encounters with him.
“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 …
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