Ronan Farrow book claims Matt Lauer raped ex-NBC staffer in Sochi hotel room
Former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils claims in a new book that Matt Lauer raped her in a hotel room in 2014, a report said Wednesday.
The journalist discloses the sexual assault allegation in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill,” which describes how the former “Today” show host allegedly anally raped her in the hotel room during the network’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics, according to Variety.
Nevils said she was in Sochi to work with “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira when the attack occurred, according to Variety, which obtained a copy of the book.
She allegedly ran into Lauer during a boozy night at their hotel bar and went back to his hotel room after he invited her.
Once in the room, Lauer pushed her onto the bed and asked if she liked anal sex, according to the report.
“She said that she declined several times,” Farrow wrote in the book, according to the report.
Lauer then “just did it,” Farrow wrote.
Nevils told Farrow the pain was excruciating and she spent the entire ordeal crying into a pillow.
“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” she told Farrow.
“It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”
Despite the alleged rape, Nevils said she had more sexual encounters with Lauer when they returned to New York.
“It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship,” she told Farrow, according to the report.
Nevils reported her ordeal to NBC executives and Lauer eventually was fired over the alleged sex assault. She was put on medical leave in 2018 and eventually was paid more than $1 million by the network.
“The network proposed a script she would have to read, suggesting that she had left to pursue other endeavors, that she was treated well, and that NBC News was a positive example of sexual harassment,” Farrow wrote in the book, according to Variety.
NBC did not immediately return a request for comment.
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