Former NBC Today show host Matt Lauer responded Wednesday to explosive allegations in reporter Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book Catch and Kill, denying a former colleague’s claim of violently raping her in 2014.
Variety, which obtained an advanced copy of Farrow’s book, first reported that former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils alleged in a complaint that Lauer anally raped her during the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The complaint prompted NBC News to fire Lauer on November 29th, 2017. In a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Lauer admits to an extramarital affair with Nevils but claims their relationship was consensual.
“For two years, the women with whom I had extramarital relationships have abandoned shared responsibility, and instead, shielded themselves from blame behind false allegations,” Lauer writes. “The story Brooke tells is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter.”
“I had an extramarital affair with Brooke Nevils in 2014.