NBC News Says It's Taking Tom Brokaw Harassment Claim Seriously

Marcus Newton
April 29, 2018

Savannah Guthrie anchored tonight's newscast, filling in for Lester Holt, with Kate Snow reporting on their longtime colleague.

MSNBC anchors Andrea Mitchell and Rachel Maddow are among a group of women to sign onto a letter vouching for veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw's character as he faces allegations of sexual harassment.

NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a letter to staff yesterday: "We take allegations such as these very seriously, and act on them quickly and decisively when the facts dictate".

Variety reported that Vester's friends corroborated her story, as did contemporaneous journal entries.

"Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect", they explained. Former Today co-host Ann Curry said in 2012, the year she was let go, she warned management about an employee who told her that Lauer sexually harassed her; NBC said it has no such record.

She said after the alleged 1994 incident, which she said took place at the Essex Hotel in New York City, Mr. Brokaw behaved in a similar fashion in 1995, when he came to her apartment in London, where she was stationed.

In the email obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Brokaw defended his legacy and spoke of how blindsided he felt by the accusation. He offered a contrasting account of his meetings with Ms. Vester, denying that he touched her beyond "a perfunctory goodnight kiss".

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Brokaw said he never sought an affair, and that Vester had approached him for advice.

Brokaw, who retired in 2004, writes of Vester, "I am facing a long list of grievances from a former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom". "She has unleashed a torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks on me more than 20 years after I opened the door for her and a new job at Fox News". Once inside the room, Vester said Brokaw beckoned her to the sofa and touched her without her consent. "Not in high school, college or thereafter".

Brokaw notes that Vester "came to NY and had mixed success on the overnight news".

Brokaw, meanwhile, withdrew on Friday as a commencement speaker at Fairfield's Sacred Heart University next month, saying his appearance would be a distraction.

"I am not a flawless person", Brokaw wrote, "I've made mistakes, personally and professionally".

"Many of you have asked what we are doing to learn as much as we can about the circumstances around Matt Lauer's appalling behavior, why this was able to happen, and why it wasn't reported sooner", Lack said in the memo.

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