‘Today’ addresses ‘appalling’ new Matt Lauer report: 'It’s just very painful'

‘Today’ addresses ‘appalling’ new Matt Lauer report: 'It’s just very painful'

Variety magazine reveals an interview by journalist Ronan Farrow for his new book, "Catch and Kill".

Matt Lauer reports for the NBC Today show in the Olympic Park ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. 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. According to Farrow, Nevils said she "had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly based on prior experience". 'She said that she declined several times'. "I remember thinking, 'Is this normal?' She told me she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow".

"'This is what I blame myself most for, '" she says to Farrow. "It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn't want to have anal sex".

Farrow writes that Nevils "left out nothing", in her discussion with HR reps - including subsequent encounters with Lauer, such as the time he allegedly requested oral sex in return for contributing to a goodbye video Nevils made for her ex-boyfriend, another NBC colleague. She said she was fearful that he had control over her career.

Nevils tells Farrow: "It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent". She said she wanted to remain anonymous, yet she was reportedly trying to sell a book within year after filing her complaint. He then pushed her onto the bed, "flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex", Farrow writes.

In a statement shared on Today, NBC News emphasized that it had responded swiftly to Nevils' complaint: "Matt Lauer's conduct was appalling, horrific, and reprehensible, as we said at the time".

Another source tells us that the decision to fire Lauer was made late Tuesday night by NBC News chairman Andy Lack. "Our hearts break for our colleague".


Lauer, however, tells a very different story in a 1,400-word letter cited by our sister site Variety. Lauer again said it was consensual.

Nevils said this happened after she and former TODAY show co-anchor Meredith Vieira were having drinks at a hotel bar, and ran into Lauer, she said.

Guthrie added, "I think I speak for all of us - we're disturbed to our core".

Kotb officially replaced Lauer in January 2018. "It's like you feel like you have known someone for 12 years...you feel like you know them inside and out, and then all of a sudden, a door opens up, and it's a part of them you didn't know". She did and soon learned the higher-ups at NBC News "were emphasizing that the incident hadn't been "criminal" or an 'assault" - which apparently caused her to throw up.

Lauer has not yet commented on the allegation of rape. "Catch and Kill" documents his attempts to get that story and includes a damning portrait of NBC News, his former employer.

NBC News executives have maintained that they supported Farrow's reporting on the Weinstein scandal but would not budge from their position that he needed a victim or witness to the mogul's alleged behavior to be identified on camera for the story the air. "She told her colleagues and superiors at NBC", and after she switched jobs, she "reported it to one of her new bosses there".

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