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MSNBC anchors defend Tom Brokaw against sexual harassment accusations

29 April 2018

Former war reporter Linda Vester accused veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct in incidents taking place when the two worked together in the early 1990s.

"Matt was genuinely surprised Ann spoke to The Washington Post on the record stating she had gone to management at NBC while [they] both were anchors of Today and made a complaint on behalf of someone that he had been sexually harassing the staff member", the insider tells Us. Vester was 28 years old, about 30 years younger than Mr. Brokaw. The letter was first reported in the Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by The Associated Press.

That Brokaw would be so insensitive to a female accuser should really come as no surprise to those familiar with comments he has made about the #MeToo movement.

Lauer, fired a year ago for inappropriate conduct involving a NBC employee, made his first comments since leaving and denied forcing himself on anyone at the network. Mr. Lauer has apologized for his behavior but also denied he ever behaved in an aggressive or abusive fashion toward any women.

According to the Post report, Vester, 30 years Brokaw's junior, said the anchor invited himself to her hotel room in 1994 despite her attempts to convince him not to. "I was shocked to feel the amount of force and his full strength on me". She never went to his office and left her job shortly after the encounter.

Brokaw describes Vester in the 1990s as an "eager beginner" who sought him out for informal meetings, including the one she described in her NY hotel room where Vester alleges Brokaw showed up uninvited and attempted to kiss her. He also described helping Ms. Vester secure a job at Fox News by recommending her to the network's then-chairman, Roger E. Ailes.

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In a statement to The Post, Vester's lawyer said that "my client stands by the allegations which speak for themselves". Vester explains the culture at NBC news would label her as a "troublemaker" for reporting this.

The women on the list were either former or current employees of NBC.

"Many of you have asked what we are doing to learn as much as we can about the circumstances around Matt Lauer's appalling behavior, why this was able to happen, and why it wasn't reported sooner", Lack said in the memo.

Brokaw denies the former colleague's accusations.

"Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect".

The women wrote that they know Brokaw "to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity".

MSNBC anchors defend Tom Brokaw against sexual harassment accusations