NBC anchor Lester Holt as soon as questioned whether former coworker Matt Lauer deserved to be canned in the wake of his sexual assault scandal, based on journalist Ronan Farrow’s new ebook.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter wrote in “Catch and Kill” that Holt expressed skepticism to colleagues about the “At the moment” host’s dismissal in 2017.
“Does the punishment fit the crime?” he requested in a “Dateline NBC” workers assembly, based on the ebook.
The assembly occurred the identical day that Lauer was axed, a community supply informed The Publish on Monday.
“Nobody knew any data that day,” the supply mentioned. “Individuals had been asking questions attempting to know what occurred.”
The preliminary experiences of Lauer’s firing mentioned NBC had acquired an in depth grievance from a colleague alleging sexual harassment. Farrow reported new revelations about Lauer’s dismissal, together with figuring out former NBC staffer Brooke Nevils as his accuser.
“Everyone seems to be now discovering out her story for the first time two years later,” the NBC supply informed The Publish.
Nevils informed Farrow that she went to NBCUniversal with a lawyer in 2017 to report that Lauer anally raped her throughout an task.
She claimed that the two had been protecting the 2014 Sochi Olympics when Lauer invited her again to his resort room.
“She described the incident intimately, making it clear that she’d been too drunk to consent and that she’d mentioned no to Lauer’s request repeatedly,” Farrow wrote.
Lauer acquired the pink slip the subsequent day from NBC execs over what they mentioned at the time was “inappropriate office conduct.”
The previous anchor, nonetheless, has since denied that the sexual encounter with Nevils wasn’t consensual.
“There was completely nothing aggressive about that encounter,” he mentioned in an announcement. “Brooke didn't do or say something to object. She definitely didn't cry. She was a totally enthusiastic and prepared associate.”
Reps for NBC didn’t reply to request for remark.
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