Lauer, who was sacked from NBC News for sexual misconduct in 2017, is accused of new sex crimes in graphic details by Variety, which reported that the bombshell claims would be included in Farrow's upcoming book "Catch and Kill".
The co-hosts said they were "disturbed to the core" about the interview with a former NBC employee, Brooke Nevils, included in Ronan Farrow's new book, Catch and Kill, in which she alleged that Matt anally raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In her account, one night over drinks with Vieira at the hotel bar where the NBC News team was staying, they ran into Lauer, who joined them. In his letter, Lauer refuted Nevils' accusation and called her "a fully enthusiastic and willing partner".
In a letter to Variety, Lauer denied the allegations against him, claiming that he had an "extramarital affair" with Nevils and that it was "consensual".
On "Today", Radford noted that Lauer was sacked a day after Nevils and her lawyer met with NBC's human resources department. And as you said, our thoughts are with Brooke.
"Matt Lauer's conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. We were sitting here just like this two years ago, and truth be told, Savannah, I did a little prayer upstairs just to sort out what we were going to do", Kotb said.
"It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent", Nevils told Farrow, per Variety. "It was completely transactional".
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The anonymous colleague has now been identified as Nevils, and her allegations have been printed in Farrow's Catch and Kill, in an excerpt provided to Variety.
Nevils says she continued to have more sexual encounters with Lauer post-Sochi, and she was sometimes the initiator. Farrow says Nevils told colleagues and superiors at NBC about the encounters. Though some disturbing details about this behavior emerged at the time - such as a secret button Lauer had in his office that allowed him to lock women inside the room against their will - this is the first time Nevils's name has been revealed. That's why he was sacked within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. She certainly did not cry. "It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn't want to have anal sex".
Nevils didn't tell network executives about the attack until 2017, and reportedly received a "seven-figure" settlement when she left the network in 2018. "Our hearts break again for our colleague", NBC News said in a statement that was read on air.
An NBC News representative was not available for comment. "There are allegations of a crime".
"She says she felt pressure to continue the affair because I had control over her career, but she did not work for me, the Today Show, or NBC News", Lauer writes. The people who should be addressing it are NBC execs who knew about this and did nothing except cover it up, and then try to shut down Farrow's reporting on Weinstein over what now looks like an attempt to keep the cover on Lauer's predation. According to Farrow's book, Nevils went to HR at the suggestion of Meredith Vieria, the longtime "Today" journalist she had worked for in Sochi.