Former NBC News Host Responds to Allegations of Rape
Many famous and influential people have fallen to extramarital affairs and given in to temptations of this world. Former NBC host Matt Lauer wrote an “open letter” of his side of the story where he is accused of anally raping Brooke Nevils, a former NBC employee, inside his hotel room while covering the Sochi Olympics in 2014. The incident of the affair led to Lauer’s termination in 2017. Nevils was interviewed by Ronan Farrow, who released the book “Catch and Kill” where it speaks of the rape allegations.
Nevils told Farrow in the interview Lauler asked her if she liked anal sex while pushing her on the bed. She said no and that “he just did it.” She continued, “It was non-consensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent. It was non-consensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
In response, Lauer responded with an “open letter” in which his family gave him full support and allowed him to tell his side of the story. “Despite my desire to set the record straight and confront the individuals making false allegations, I wanted nothing less than to create more headlines my kids would read and a new gathering of photographers at the end of our driveway.” He continued, “But my silence has been a mistake. Today, nearly two years after I was fired by NBC, old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a dangerous and defamatory new allegation is being made.”
Lauer continued, calling the new allegations of rape “outrageous” and is was “being spread as part of a promotional effort to sell a book.” The former “Today” host goes on to explain his side of the story, “In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was, in fact, an assault. It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.”
He told of how the affair began with Nevils in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, when she came to his room late at night and how they “engaged in a variety of sexual acts.” In the letter, he gives explicit details of how they “performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual.”
The letter continues as directly accusing Nevils of being a liar and going forward to NBC News and filing a complaint. Lauer stated, “The story Nevils told is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter. Brooke did not do or say anything to object. She certainly did not cry.” He said at no time did she show she was incapable of consenting to the sexual acts.
Lauer insisted, “She seemed to know exactly what she wanted to do. The only concern she expressed was that someone might see her leaving my room. She embraced me at the door as she left. This encounter, which she now falsely claims was an assault, was the beginning of our affair.” He stated the affair continued for several months and that it also happened in his NBC studio dressing room. He continued to write, “It showed terrible judgment on my part, but it was completely mutual and consensual.”
When it came to Nevils being afraid of the control Lauer had on her career, he stated she did not work for him and that “She worked for Meredith Vieira (who had not worked for the “Today” show in several years) in a completely different part of the network, and I had no role in reviewing Brooke’s work.”
As Lauer continued to blame Nevils, he did admit, “I ended the affair poorly. I simply stopped communicating with her. Brooke continued to reach out. But I attempted to go back to my life and pretend as if nothing had happened. I understand how that must have made her feel.”
Lauer ended the letter with this, “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.'” He also states he is no longer going to remain silent about the affairs, but what is done is done.