REPORT: Matt Lauer submits letter in response to rape allegation

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Matt Lauer penned a letter on Wednesday morning staunchly denying former NBC News co-worker Brooke Nevils’ allegations that he raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Lauer says the accusation — as detailed in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill” — is “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense,” calling the encounter with Nevils an “extramarital affair.” He dismisses the claims as “part of a promotional effort to sell a book.”

The article goes on to state the following:

In the book, obtained by Variety, Nevils said Lauer anally raped her one night in Sochi, Russia. Lauer calls the act “consensual.” “We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual,” he writes. Lauer claims the encounter marked the beginning of an affair that continued when they returned to New York.


Lauer’s letter begins as follows:

Over the past two years people have asked why I have not spoken out to defend myself more vigorously against some of the false and salacious allegations leveled at me. It is a fair question and the answer is deeply personal. Despite my desire to set the record straight and confront the individuals making false allegations, I wanted nothing less than to create more headlines my kids would read and a new gathering of photographers at the end of our driveway. So I decided to just stay quiet and work on repairing my relationship with the people I love. It has been the most important full-time job I have ever had.

But my silence has been a mistake….

CLICK HERE to read his entire letter, posted by Variety.

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  1. Lisa October 9th, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    In this day and age of blame, accusations and the #METOO BS, I find his letter honest and probably true. I fear for all men in this day and age, including my 27 year old son who has had one girlfriend in his lifetime when he was 17. I told him wear a body cam on all dates!!!!!


    • Ruth October 9th, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Lisa, I couldn’t agree more! So sad that as mothers we have to think and talk to our sons to protect them because of #METOO. Not a bad idea to have a body cam at all times!!


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