Brokaw gets support after harassment allegation; withdraws from SHU commencement

Posted April 30, 2018

The veteran journalist, 60, is not happy his former Today cohost shared a story alleging she reported Lauer for sexual harassment on behalf of a female colleague in 2012: "Matt has been laying low for a reason, and just when he thought the worst was behind him, this story comes out with Ann on the record".

Brokaw will be replaced at the graduation by Linda McMahon, who serves on President Donald Trump's cabinet as head of the Small Business Administration.

"It is 4:00 am on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism", he wrote in the opening paragraph.

Brokaw addressed the NY hotel incident, saying that Vester "often sought me out for informal meetings, including the one she describes in her NY hotel room".

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In a statement released through NBC News, Brokaw, who retired as anchor and managing editor of "Nightly News" in 2004 and is now a special correspondent, said: "I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC".

Brokaw said that the accuser, Linda Vester, often sought him out on informal meetings, including the one she described in her NY hotel room.

"He leans over with his index finger and puts it on my mouth to silence me and says, 'This is our compact, '" Vester said. [A] s I write this at dawn on the morning after a drive by shooting by Vester, the Washington Post and Variety, I am stunned by the free ride given a woman with a grudge against NBC News, no distinctive credentials or issue passions while at FOX.

She told Variety that despite not being at fault, she "suffered years of humiliation and isolation" from the incidents.

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NBC had no comment on Brokaw's letter. She also mentioned she was Catholic as a way of rebuffing his advances. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.

Lauer broke his five months of silence on Thursday with a statement to The Washington Post, continuing to deny the allegations brought forward against him by multiple co-workers. "I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction". "Not in high school, college or thereafter".

"A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her", Curry told the Post.

Vester was a correspondent and anchor at NBC until 1999, when she moved to Fox News. The company's general counsel Kim Harris has advised that "the review is nearing its conclusion, and we will have findings and further steps to share with you as soon as next week".

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