Tom Brokaw cancels commencement speech after sex harassment allegations

Tom Brokaw cancels commencement speech after sex harassment allegations

Tom Brokaw cancels commencement speech after sex harassment allegations

Former TODAY Show anchor Ann Curry told The Washington Post on Thursday that she'd previously told NBC management about Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct back in 2012.

Savannah Guthrie anchored tonight's newscast, filling in for Lester Holt, with Kate Snow reporting on their longtime colleague. Vester explains the culture at NBC news would label her as a "troublemaker" for reporting this.

Brokaw was writing in response to stories in The Post and Variety in which a former NBC correspondent, Linda Vester, alleged that Brokaw sexually harassed her in the 1990s on two separate occasions, once in NY and once in London.

Watch above, via NBC News.

In a note to staff on Friday, NBC chairman Andy Lack said NBC takes allegations like those against Brokaw very seriously, and said findings from the network's internal review into Lauer's actions may come out as soon as next week.

Brokaw, who described the stories about him as a "drive-by shooting", said that he had called the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes on her behalf and that Vester got a job there.

Vester said she was in her 20s at the time, while Brokaw was 30 years older and one of the most powerful men in her business.

In a statement to The Post, Vester's lawyer said that "my client stands by the allegations which speak for themselves". Brokaw denies all the allegations.


Brokaw reportedly tried to kiss her in a later incident that reportedly took place in New York City.

The report additionally detailed the claims of an nameless girl who informed the outlet Brokaw allegedly acted inappropriately towards her throughout her time as a manufacturing assistant within the 1990s.

"This morning Tom Brokaw informed us of his decision to withdraw as our undergraduate commencement speaker", Sacred Heart President John Petillo said in a statement ahead of the CT university's May 13 ceremony. Variety ran a video interview with Vester that included some incidents not reported by The Post.

NBC News fired Lauer in November after another staffer complained about his inappropriate conduct starting at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She also mentioned she was Catholic as a way of rebuffing his advances.

In the letter, Brokaw said "I am not a ideal person".

As for the hotel room visit, Brokaw said "I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction". Two friends who Vester told at the time corroborated her story with Variety, and she shared her journal entries from the time period. Vester remained at Fox News until 2006.

Brokaw said, "I deeply resent the pain and anger she inflicted on my wife, daughters and granddaughters", adding, "I am proud of who I am as a husband, father, grandfather, journalist and citizen".

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