Tom Brokaw cancels commencement speech after sex harassment allegations


"I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months", Lauer said, reported the Washington Post. "In the context of that conversation, we would like to share our perspectives on working with Tom Brokaw", the letter began, according to Deadline.

In the email, Brokaw said, "It is 4:00 am on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism".

Tom Brokaw, the former news anchor who was accused of allegedly making unwanted sexual advances against multiple women in the 1990s, has reportedly dropped out as the commencement speaker for Sacred Heart University.

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

NBC News ordered an internal review of its workplace culture after Mr. Lauer's firing, although the network did not retain an outside counsel, as Fox News did after it weathered its own harassment scandals.

The Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter both published the full version of Brokaw's letter refuting the claims by former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester.

Besides denying the accusations in his letter, Mr. Brokaw called Ms. Vester a "former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom". Brokaw wrote that Vester sought him out for the meeting in the NY hotel room, a characterization she rejects. Variety ran a video interview with Vester that included some incidents not reported by The Post.

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"A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her", Curry said.

NBC News fired Lauer in November after another staffer complained about his inappropriate conduct starting at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In addition to Brokaw and the response from NBC News chairman Andy Lack thus far, the NBC Nightly News report also touched on last night's new report about Matt Lauer and Ann Curry saying she reported him years ago. She also said she was not surprised about the allegations against Lauer.

Vester left Fox in the mid-2000s to look after her children full-time.

"Once again, our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected".

She told Variety that despite not being at fault, she "suffered years of humiliation and isolation" from the incidents. "I believed her", she explained. "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". She told the Post Brokaw put her hands against his chest, pulled her closer and then invited her to later come to his office.