Brokaw Letter: I'm 'Unmoored' by Sex Misconduct Allegations

Plus a group of powerful women pen their own letter in support of the TV journalist
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2018 6:20 AM CDT
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In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, Tom Brokaw speaks at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry annual dinner in Hershey, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – NBC News is still trying to handle the mess wrought by sexual misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer, and now it's got accusations against longtime staffer Tom Brokaw to add to its to-do list. But Brokaw, who has been accused by two women of sexual harassment in the 1990s, isn't waiting for the network to come to his defense: The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on an email Brokaw is said to have penned in the middle of the night and sent to a few NBC colleagues, saying he was "ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of the Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny." He goes on to note he's "angry, hurt, and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career, a mix of written and broadcast journalism, philanthropy, and participation in environmental and social causes that have always given extra meaning to my life."

He specifically names one accuser, Linda Vester, calling her a "former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom," with "a reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth." He also finds it "hard to believe it wasn't much more Look At Me than Me:Too." Also defending Brokaw, per Deadline: Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski, and 60 or so other women who've worked with him at NBC via their own letter, calling him "a man of tremendous decency and integrity." Meanwhile, NBC News chief Andy Lack says in a statement that NBC takes the accusations seriously and is investigating both the Lauer and Brokaw matters and also holding mandatory training workshops. "Our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe," Lack notes. "We are absolutely committed to making this a reality—there can be no exception."

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