NBC Chairman Andrew Lack, in a memo sent to network staff on Wednesday, said the network hadn’t known of Matt Lauer’s behavior with Brooke Nevils until the day before he was fired. An internal investigation uncovered no claims or settlements associated with allegations of inappropriate conduct by Lauer before he was fired, Lack said.
Matt Lauer is denying the explosive allegations that he raped a co-worker in 2014 as “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.” The rape accusation, made by former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils and detailed in Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill, is “filled with false details” Lauer said today in a statement to news organizations.
Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in The New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired an investigative firm to stop him. But Farrow’s most explosive interview in the book is with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee whose complaint about Matt Lauer led to the co-anchor’s firing from Today in 2017.