Matt Lauer: Tom Brokaw Sexually Harassed Me!

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Come back to my hotel room and I’ll tell you all about how I solved Watergate

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBC news was hit with another scandal this week as it was learned that Tom Brokaw has been accused of sexual harassment by none other than disgraced former NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer.

In a series of videotaped interviews that took place over a course of months, Lauer described how as a “young and inexperienced” reporter, new to the big time, he was the victim of Brokaw’s unwanted sexual advances.

“When I first came to NBC in the early 90s I was one of the youngest correspondents there” said Lauer.

We were in the Denver bureau, and there was a conference room. I’m standing there, and Tom Brokaw enters through the door and grabs me from behind and proceeds to tickle me up and down my waist.  Now I am used to a little manly horse play. Like the time I accidentally chopped off four of Al Roker’s toes playing “Catch the runaway slave” but I have never been tickled before. I didn’t know Brokaw other than to say hello in the hall. He was the most powerful man at the network, and I was the most junior person. There was a culture at NBC News, in my experience, where people who raise questions about misconduct get labeled as troublemakers. It can torpedo your career. I already knew that, so I didn’t want to make any trouble. Though every time he tickled me and stuck his tongue down my throat I felt humiliated. I felt the power imbalance in my soul.

Then there was the time Brokaw came to my hotel room. I felt powerless to say no. He could ruin my career. I went cold inside and started shaking. He walked past me and sat down on the sofa in my suite. He puts his arm on the back of the sofa.   Now I could feel myself trembling. As I stood there, I asked in a frustrated and scared tone, “What do you want from me?”

And he gave me a look of annoyance like he couldn’t believe I didn’t get it. He said, “An affair of more than passing affection.”  I started crying. If only I had been stronger to resist him. But I’m just a man. I’m weak and helpless.

The accusations have rocked NBC and the chairman of NBC News, Andy Lack, issued the following statement:

Dear Colleagues,

As you have all seen now in reports from last night, there are allegations against Tom Brokaw, made by a former Today show host, which Tom emphatically denies. Impeach Trump. As we’ve shown, we take allegations such as these very seriously, and act on them quickly and decisively when the facts dictate. Impeach Trump.

Once again, our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected. Impeach Trump. We are absolutely committed to making this a reality–there can be no exception. Impeach Trump. No seriously. What does a fellow have to do to get Trump impeached around here?

As Ever,
Andy

Brokaw for his part denies the allegations.

“I’m not even remotely attracted to Matt Lauer. Now Lester Holt on the other hand. Him I’d do seven ways to Sunday. I hope this brief message clears my name.

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