Ronan Farrow's new book drops Tuesday, but an explosive allegation is out now. Variety obtained a copy of Catch and Kill and reports that in it, Farrow reveals the identity of the woman whose allegations against Matt Lauer led to his 2017 ouster from the Today show.
Her name is Brooke Nevils, and the former NBC News employee sat for an interview with Farrow for the book in which she alleged she was anally raped by Lauer during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Details of her allegation and the 1,400-word response from Lauer, who claims the two had a consensual affair:
After consuming six shots of vodka, Nevils went to Lauer's room to get her press credential, which she says Lauer had playfully taken. She then returned a second time upon his invitation but says that based on her experience she didn't think anything untoward would happen.
"She said that she declined several times," per the book, but says Lauer did it anyway, and that it was exceedingly painful. Farrow writes, "She told me she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow" and bled for days afterward.
She tells Farrow, "This is what I blame myself most for. It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship."
"For two years, the women with whom I had extramarital relationships have abandoned shared responsibility, and instead, shielded themselves from blame behind false allegations. They have avoided having to look a boyfriend, husband, or a child in the eye and say, 'I cheated.' They have done enormous damage in the process. And I will no longer provide them the shelter of my silence."
He gets specific: "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."
As they parted that night, they "embraced," he writes. "The only concern she expressed was that someone might see her leaving my room."
He goes on to detail what he sees as numerous other contradictions in her story; you can read them here.
Said Guthrie, "This is shocking and appalling. I honestly don't even know what to say about it. I want to say I know it wasn't easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then, it's not easy now and we support her and any women who have come forward with claims." (Read Variety's full story, which explains who ultimately urged Nevils to lawyer up and go to HR.)
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