Matt Lauer was fired from his job at NBC after an anonymous woman claimed that he sexually assaulted her while they were both in Sochi covering the 2014 Winter Olympic games. Now, the anonymous woman has come forward as Brooke Nevils, a 35-year-old television producer. Nevils has agreed to come forward as part of Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill, and she is telling all the details about what happened that night.
Brooke Nevils is claiming that Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room while they were covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia while she was working as a producer for Lauer’s costar, Meredith Vieira. This is turning into a case of he-said, she-said because Lauer is claiming that what happened in the hotel room was consensual.
Lauer has released a letter in which he states, “In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault. It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense. I had an extramarital affair with Brooke Nevils in 2014. It began when she came to my hotel room very late one night in Sochi, Russia. We engaged in a variety of sexual acts. We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual.”
Despite Lauer’s claims, his ex-coworkers side with Nevils and are supporting her throughout the ordeal.
Nevils’ account of the night is that she went to Lauer’s room twice. First, she went to retrieve her media credentials which Lauer had playfully stolen from her. The second time was after a night of drinking when Lauer invited her up to his room. She agreed and when she arrived Lauer was in his boxer shorts and a t-shirt.
Nevils claims that when she walked in the room he pushed her against the door and kissed her. He then pushed her onto the bed and asked “if she liked anal sex.” The book states that Nevils was “in the midst of telling him no when he just did it.”
She claims they were both too drunk to consent, and that she told Lauer “no” multiple times during the encounter.
Both Nevils and Lauer admit that when the two arrived back to New York, they had several other sexual encounters. Nevils claims she was terrified of the control that Lauer had over her career at the time.
Lauer has been a hermit, avoiding the public eye since being fired from NBC.
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