Brooke Nevils, a former NBC News employee “whose complaint about Matt Lauer led to the co-anchor’s firing from the ‘Today’ show in 2017,” has accused Lauer of raping her in 2014, according to Variety.
The accusations have come out in a book by journalist Ronan Farrow.
According to Variety,
“In Sochi, Nevils was tasked with working with former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira, who’d been brought back to the show to do Olympics coverage.
“In her account, one night over drinks with Vieira at the hotel bar where the NBC News team was staying, they ran into Lauer, who joined them. At the end of the night, Nevils, who’d had six shots of vodka, ended up going to Lauer’s hotel room twice — once to retrieve her press credential, which Lauer had taken as a joke, and the second time because he invited her back.
“Nevils, Farrow writes, “had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly based on prior experience.”
“Once she was in his hotel room, Nevils alleges, Lauer — who was wearing 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.”
“According to Nevils, she “was in the midst of telling him she wasn’t interested again when he “just did it,” Farrow writes. “Lauer, she said, didn’t use lubricant. The encounter was excruciatingly painful. ‘It hurt so bad.”