Then-NBC star Matt Lauer despatched Ronan Farrow a congratulatory message lavishing praise on the author’s Harvey Weinstein exposé — proper earlier than his personal intercourse assault scandal exploded, in keeping with the journalist’s new tome.
In Farrow’s e book “Catch and Kill,” due out Tuesday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist wrote that Lauer applauded his bombshell report in The New Yorker in October 2017 detailing Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct within the leisure trade.
“Ronan, it’s Matt Lauer. Let me be the 567th individual to say congratulations on the superb piece!” the anchor texted Farrow, in keeping with the e book.
Lauer was fired a month later amid allegations he raped a feminine co-worker. He has denied the accusations.
Farrow’s e book reveals new particulars concerning the alleged assault involving Lauer. He recounts NBC staffer Brooke Nevils‘ disturbing claims that Lauer raped her whereas the 2 have been in Sochi, Russia, to assist cowl the 2014 Olympics for the community.
Nevils, whose id was publicly revealed within the new e book for the primary time, advised Farrow that Lauer invited her again to his lodge room, then anally raped her regardless of her repeated protestations.
Lauer has since known as the incident “consensual.
“There was completely nothing aggressive about that encounter,” Lauer mentioned in assertion. “Brooke didn't do or say something to object.”