Meredith Vieira played role in helping bring Matt Lauer rape claim to light
Meredith Vieira played a role in helping bring forward the rape allegations against her former “Today” colleague Matt Lauer, according to a new report.
In a new book by Ronan Farrow, Vieira’s former assistant, Brook Nevils, revealed that she confided in her boss about the alleged encounter with Lauer in Sochi during the network’s 2014 Olympic coverage, according to Variety.
Nevils told Farrow that the 61-year-old Lauer invited her back to his hotel room during the work trip, then anally raped her despite her declining several times.
The pair continued to have more sexual encounters back in New York City but they were “transactional,” she told Farrow.
Once the encounters stopped, Nevils told like “like a million people,” including colleagues and superiors at NBC, Variety reported.
It wasn’t until 2017 that she confided in Vieira, who was no longer with the network, having left “Today” in 2011 before returning in a temporary capacity for the 2014 Olympics coverage.
Vieira became distraught over the Nevils’ claim and urged her to formally report the sexual assault allegations, according to the report.
With Vieira’s support, Nevils went to NBC’s human resources with a lawyer, Variety reported. Lauer was fired and Nevils went on medical leave in 2018.
Vieira opened up last year on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show “Radio Andy” about the scandal, saying that she was “just as shocked as everyone else.”
Lauer denied the new revelations in Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” in a lengthy statement released on Wednesday.
“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,” he said in the letter. “All are being spread as part of a promotional effort to sell a book. It’s outrageous. So, after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say ‘enough.’”
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