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Former 'Today Show' host Matt Lauer raped colleague

09 October 2019

During the trip, she was assigned to work with former Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira, who was brought back to the program for Olympics coverage. "He always treated me like a little sister", Nevils told Farrow in the book, a copy of which has been obtained by The Washington Post. By the end of the night, Nevils says she had six shots of vodka.

After the news of his firing broke, multiple news outlets published stories with other allegations of harassment by Lauer.

Nevils told Farrow in an interview that the rape occurred while she was in Sochi, Russia, covering the 2014 Winter Olympics. He then pushed her onto the bed, according to Farrow, "flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex". "What is not in dispute is that Nevils, like several of the women I'd spoken to, had further sexual encounters with the man she said assaulted her".

"I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive behavior actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false", Lauer said at the time in the re-broadcast clip.

"It was completely transactional", Nevils told Farrow of her continued encounters with Lauer.

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The Missouri native and 2007 Johns Hopkins University grad, who double-majored in political science and writing seminars, began as a page on the "Today show - where she said she was once assigned such tasks as finding actor Robert De Niro's lost wallet". Lauer did not use lubricant and Nevils reportedly "bled for days".

Vieira is a Rhode Island native and both she and Lauer early in their careers worked at WJAR-10 in Providence.

"Matt Lauer's conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time", NBC said in a new statement Tuesday. That's why he was sacked within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. "Our hearts break again for our colleague", reads a statement by NBC News.

In a letter to Variety, Lauer denied the allegations against him, claiming that he had an "extramarital affair" with Nevils and that it was "consensual".

In the book, Farrow talked to the former NBC News staffer whose complaint against Lauer lead to his firing back in 2017. "This is shocking and appalling, and I honestly don't even know what to say about it".

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Guthrie perhaps put it best when she said, "I think I speak for all of us: we're disturbed to our core".

Co-anchor Hoda Kotb, who was close friends with Lauer, also expressed dismay. "And I don't know if you guys have ever felt like that - you know someone ... you feel like you know them inside and out, and then all the sudden, you feel like a door opens up and it's a part of them you didn't know". She did and soon learned the higher-ups at NBC News "were emphasizing that the incident hadn't been "criminal" or an 'assault" - which apparently caused her to throw up. Farrow started his investigation at NBC News but left in frustration as executives believed he did not have enough corroboration to get the story on the air.

Nevils went on medical leave in 2018 and received a payout of more than $1 million, Farrow wrote in the book which comes out next week.

When they returned to New York, Nevils claimed she had more sexual encounters with Lauer.

Kotb added: "We don't know all the facts on all of this, but there are not allegations of an affair, there are allegations of a crime".

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Former 'Today Show' host Matt Lauer raped colleague