Matt Lauer Allegedly Anally Raped NBC Staffer In A Hotel Room
Ronan Farrow’s latest book Catch and Kill is going into detail about ex-NBC News employee Brooke Nevils, who alleges that Matt Lauer anally raped her in a hotel room in 2014.
Brooke discloses the sexual assault in the book, which describes how Matt allegedly anally raped her in the hotel room during the network’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics, according to Variety.
The outlet reports that, in the book, Brooke said she was in Sochi to work with the former Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira when the attack occurred.
The staffer allegedly ran into Matt during a night of drinking at their hotel bar and went back to his hotel room after he invited her. Once there, he allegedly pushed her onto the bed and asked if she likes anal sex.
“She said that she declined several times,” Ronan wrote in the book, but Matt “just did it.”
Brooke told the journalist the pain was excruciating and she spent the entire ordeal crying into a pillow.
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” she added. “It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
Brooke said she had more sexual encounters with Matt when they returned to New York: “It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship,” she told Ronan in the book.
When Brooke reported the matter to NBC executives, Matt was eventually fired and she was put on medical leave. She was also paid more than $1 million by the network.
“The network proposed a script she would have to read, suggesting that she had left to pursue other endeavors, that she was treated well, and that NBC News was a positive example of sexual harassment,” Ronan wrote in the book.
Read more at Variety.