Matt Lauer Responds To Bombshell Sexual Assault Allegations
As we reported this morning, Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill details former NBC staffer Brooke Nevils’s allegation that Matt Lauer anally raped her in a hotel room in 2014.
Now, the former Today show host revealed in an open letter to the press that while he admits to having an extramarital affair with Brooke in 2014 when he was married, their relationship was entirely consensual.
“In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault,” he wrote in the letter, through his lawyer Libby Locke. “It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.”
He goes on to say that the alleged encounter in Sochi was “the first of many sexual encounters between us over the next several months.”
“There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter. Brooke did not do or say anything to object. She certainly did not cry. She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner,” he wrote.
“At no time did she behave in a way that made it appear she was incapable of consent. She seemed to know exactly what she wanted to do. The only concern she expressed was that someone might see her leaving my room. She embraced me at the door as she left.”
Matt also accuses Brooke of making “false accusations” against him because she was hurt by how their relationship ended. Furthermore, he says she is being driven by money and shopping a book deal.
“Now she is making outrageous and false accusations to help sell a different book and stepping into the spotlight to cause as much damage as she can,” he wrote. “But Brooke’s story is filled with contradictions. Which Brooke is to be believed?”
Read the full letter below: