New allegations have surfaced accusing disgraced ex-The Today Show host Matt Lauer of raping a former colleague at NBC. In journalist Ronan Farrow's new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, according to Variety, Farrow interviews former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils, who came forward and filed a complaint against Lauer resulting in him being fired from his post at NBC.
Nevils' identity was never revealed by the press at her request. but now her accusations against the ousted anchor have become public. In Farrow's book, which hits bookstores Oct. 15, Nevils alleges she was anally raped in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics by Lauer in his hotel room.
According to Navils, she was working with Lauer's former Today co-host Meredith Vieira, who was also covering the Olympics. They all ran into Lauer at the hotel bar. By the end of the night, Nevils had downed six vodka shots and wound up back at Lauer's hotel room twice, once because he took her press credentials as a joke and another after he invited her back. When Nevils was in his room, she claims Lauer kissed her and shoved her onto the bed. He asked if she liked anal sex. Navils claims she "declined several times," but Lauer "just did it" and didn't use any lubrication. Once the encounter was over, Nevils alleges it was so painful she bled for days. Nevils stated in the book,
It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent. It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.
Nevils claims she and Lauer had more sexual encounters when they were back in New York, but insists she was not in a relationship with Lauer. Nevils maintains,
It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship.
Nevils told Vieira about what transpired between she and Lauer, and insisted she report what took place. Nevils eventually did tell NBC execs in 2017, which resulted in Lauer being fired. She went on medical leave in 2018 and was paid seven figures by the Peacock Network.