Producer Brooke Nevils responded to Matt Lauer’s open letter, calling it “a case study of the shame of the victims”.
Nevils’ response was given to NBC News tonight after Lauer today released a 1,400-word defense of his alleged conduct, detailed in Ronan Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill. Excerpts were published before the date of publication of the October 15 book.
In the book, Nevils, then NBC producer for Meredith Vieira, accuses Lauer of anal rape while they were both at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
“There’s a Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on television every morning for two decades, and Matt Lauer tried to intimidate a former colleague in silence this morning,” said Nevil’s statement. “His open letter was a case study on the blame of the victims. I’m not afraid of him now, no matter what his threats, his intimidation and the shameful and predatory tactics he knew he would do and that I have now tried to use against me. ”
She had an affair with the married Lauer after that, but the relationship ended. In 2017, he denounced it at the height of the # MeToo movement, and it was his accusation that led him to be fired. Nevils remained anonymous before the publication of Farrow’s book.
Nevils said that sex in Sochi was not accepted. Lauer denied this in her open letter, providing graphic details and other sexual encounters with Nevils, calling her “consenting couple”.
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“This is categorically wrong, ignores the facts and challenges common sense,” he said. “I had an extramarital affair with Brooke Nevils in 2014. It started when she arrived very late in my hotel room, one night in Sochi, Russia. We are involved in a variety of sexual acts. We had oral sex between us, we had vaginal and anal sex. “