A former NBC News employee alleged that Matt Lauer raped her in 2014 during an interview for journalist Ronan Farrow’s forthcoming book, “Catch and Kill,” according to a report.
Brooke Nevils said she was in Sochi, Russia, with anchor Meredith Vieira to provide coverage of the winter Olympics for “Today” when Lauer raped her anally in a hotel, Variety reported. She told Farrow she ran into the former morning show host after an evening of drinking with colleagues and found herself in his room twice that night — once to retrieve her press credentials and then again because he invited her back.
Lauer was already in boxers and a T-shirt when Nevils turned up at his door, she recalled. From there, he allegedly pushed her against the door and kissed her before shoving her onto the bed, “flipping her over” and then “asking if she liked anal sex.”
“She said that she declined several times,” the book reads.
Nevils claimed she “was in the midst of telling him she wasn’t interested again when he ‘just did it.'”
“Lauer, she said, did not use lubricant. The encounter was excruciatingly painful. ‘It hurt so bad. I remember thinking is this normal?’” Farrow wrote. “She told me she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow.”
After the encounter, Nevils said she “bled for days.”
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” she told Farrow.
“It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I did not want to have anal sex.”
Farrow noted that Nevils continued on to have a sexual relationship with Lauer when they returned to New York, which she described as “completely transactional.”
“This is what I blamed myself most for,” Nevils told the author of their ongoing encounters.
At Viera’s urging, Nevils reported the incident to NBC executives and Lauer was fired over the alleged assault a year later.
NBC on Wednesday issued a response to the allegations made in Farrow’s book: “Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our heart breaks again for our colleague.”
“Catch and Kill” — which details Farrow’s investigation into the Harvey Weinstein scandal as well as how hurdles from his then-employer NBC forced him to publish in the New Yorker — is out Oct. 15.