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After Rape Claim, Lauer Releases 1,400-Word Letter

Brooke Nevils sat for interview with Ronan Farrow, provided full account of her allegations
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2019 7:41 AM CDT
Updated Oct 9, 2019 10:15 AM CDT
This Nov. 8, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Matt Lauer on the set of the "Today" show in New York.   (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)
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(Newser) – Ronan Farrow's new book drops Tuesday, but an explosive allegation is out now. Variety obtained a copy of Catch and Kill and reports that in it, Farrow reveals the identity of the woman whose allegations against Matt Lauer led to his 2017 ouster from the Today show. Her name is Brooke Nevils, and the former NBC News employee sat for an interview with Farrow for the book in which she alleged she was anally raped by Lauer during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Details of her allegation and the 1,400-word response from Lauer, who claims the two had a consensual affair:

  • In Nevils' telling, she was there to work with Meredith Vieira, and Lauer joined them for drinks at the hotel bar one evening. After consuming six shots of vodka, Nevils went to Lauer's room to get her press credential, which she says Lauer had playfully taken. She then returned a second time upon his invitation but says that based on her experience she didn't think anything untoward would happen.
  • Nevils tells Farrow that Lauer forced her onto the bed, turned her onto her stomach, and asked if she enjoyed anal sex. "She said that she declined several times," per the book, but says Lauer did it anyway, and that it was exceedingly painful. Farrow writes, "She told me she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow" and bled for days afterward.
  • She points out that she was both too drunk to give consent and voiced her non-consent many times.

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