NBC producer says Matt Lauer raped her at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

The woman who accused Matt Lauer of sexual assault during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has agreed to be identified in Ronan Farrow’s new book where she shares more details of the alleged attack including that the then-married star ‘anally raped’ her.

Brooke Nevils had not been identified until now. In 2017, she was among women who came forward to accuse Lauer of sexual misconduct. Her specific allegation that he had sexually assaulted her while covering the Sochi Games led to him being fired.

Now, she reveals details from the alleged incident in Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill.

Nevils was working as a producer for Meredith Vieira at the time and says she went to Lauer’s room after a night of drinking while the pair were part of a larger NBC team based in Sochi.

It was the second time that night she had gone to his room. The first, she said, was to retrieve her media credentials which she says Lauer took ‘as a joke’ and the second was because he invited her back.

She claims he was dressed in a t-shirt and boxers and, she said, pushed her against the door and kissed her when she got into the room.

He then, she claims, pushed her onto the bed, flipped her over and asked ‘if she liked anal sex.’

A new tell-all book by journalist Ronan Farrow (above) includes fresh sexual harassment claims from multiple women against former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer

A new tell-all book by journalist Ronan Farrow (above) includes fresh sexual harassment claims from multiple women against former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer

Lauer (above) was fired by NBC in November 2017 amid allegations he sexually harassed an intern at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014

Lauer (above) was fired by NBC in November 2017 amid allegations he sexually harassed an intern at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014

A new tell-all book by journalist Ronan Farrow (left) reveals allegations made by journalist Brooke Nevils led to Today Show anchor Matt Lauer (right) being fired in 2017

‘She said that she declined several times,’ Farrow wrote in the book, according to Variety which obtained a copy of it and published the new details on Wednesday.

Farrow wrote that Nevils was ‘in the midst of telling him “no” when he “just did it”.

‘Lauer, she said, didn’t use lubricant. The encounter was excruciatingly painful. ‘

“It hurt so bad. I remember thinking, Is this normal?” She told me she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow. Lauer then asked her if she liked it. She tells him yes. She claims that “she bled for days,”‘ Farrow wrote.

Nevils said she was both ‘too drunk’ to consent and that she said no ‘multiple times’, according to Farrow.

‘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,’ Farrow said she told him.

Lauer is pictured at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Nevils was working as a producer for his colleague Meredith Vieira and was also there

Lauer is pictured at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Nevils was working as a producer for his colleague Meredith Vieira and was also there

Lauer is pictured at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Nevils was working as a producer for his colleague Meredith Vieira and was also there

Lauer has been a hermit for the last two years. He is shown above in a Tik Tok video posted online by his daughter this week

Lauer has been a hermit for the last two years. He is shown above in a Tik Tok video posted online by his daughter this week

Lauer has been a hermit for the last two years. He is shown above in a Tik Tok video posted online by his daughter this week

Once the pair got back to New York, they had more sexual encounters.

Farrow says that sources ‘close to Lauer’ say she initiated those encounters.

‘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.

“This is what I blame myself most for. It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship,”‘ she said.

Nevils said she was ‘terrified’ about the control Lauer had over her career.

But Nevils says her allegations were dismissed by staff who said Lauer had done nothing ‘criminal’.

‘This was not a secret,’ Farrow writes, citing her claim that ‘like a million people knew’.

It was only when the #MeToo movement against Harvey Weinstein erupted that Nevils was sincerely asked by Today colleagues about Lauer who had a reputation for infidelity and impropriety.

It was then she went to Meredith Vieira, who she had been working for at the time, and told her what had happened, she said.

Farrow writes that Vieira told her to go to NBC HR with a lawyer and that she was ‘distraught’.

‘Nevils’s work life became torture. She was made to sit in the same meetings as everyone else, discussing the news, and in all of them colleagues loyal to Lauer cast doubt on the claims, and judgment on her,’ Farrow wrote.

 “It hurt so bad. I remember thinking, Is this normal?” She told me she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow. Lauer then asked her if she liked it. She tells him yes.
Excerpt from Farrow’s book

Farrow also claims that because Andrew Lack, NBC’s Chairman, wrote in an email to staff that Lauer had been fired over an alleged incident which occurred at the Sochi Games, it narrowed down the list of possibilities as to who his alleged victim might be.

She had been promised anonymity, she said, but everyone soon figured out that she was the person who had reported him.

Nevils said she then went on paid medical leave and eventually took a payout from NBC.

Farrow says it was a seven-figure sum but that it came with a ‘script’ from executives who wanted her to paint the network glowingly.

‘The network proposed a script she would have to read, suggesting that she had left to pursue other endeavors, that she was treated well, and that NBC News was a positive example of sexual harassment,’ he wrote.

Lauer and his wife Annette Roque (above in 2013) finalised their divorce last month, two years after they split amid the sexual misconduct allegations against him

Lauer and his wife Annette Roque (above in 2013) finalised their divorce last month, two years after they split amid the sexual misconduct allegations against him

Lauer and his wife Annette Roque (above in 2013) finalised their divorce last month, two years after they split amid the sexual misconduct allegations against him

Sources at NBC told Variety they were yet to read the book, but they plan to defend the company against any of Farrow’s criticisms.

Lauer was fired from his $25million-per-year post on Today hours after the woman informed NBC executives of the affair.

The book also contains more details of how Farrow was turned away by NBC – his then employer – when he started investigating Harvey Weinstein.

The journalist’s expose against the disgraced media mogul was published by The New Yorker and helped, alongside a first piece in The New York Times, to bring down Weinstein.

Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague.
NBC spokesman

Farrow says he first took the reporting to NBC but that it was vetoed by NBC President Noah Oppenheim.

NBC has said in the past that Farrow’s reporting did not meet its editorial standards because he did not have enough women willing to on record to say that Weinstein assaulted them.

In Catch and Kill, he claims Oppenheim asked him: ‘Like, is this really worth it?’ when he presented his findings on Weinstein.

He also alleges that Oppenheim suggested no one would ‘know who Weinstein’ was.

Farrow says he was then instructed to cease work on the story by Richard Greenberg, the head of the NBC News investigative unit.

Farrow says Greenberg told him it was an order that had come from Lack and Steve Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal.

Farrow's book 'Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to protect Predators' is scheduled for release on October 15

Farrow's book 'Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to protect Predators' is scheduled for release on October 15

Farrow’s book ‘Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to protect Predators’ is scheduled for release on October 15

An NBC spokesman told DailyMail.com on Wednesday morning: ‘Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time.

‘That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint.

‘Our hearts break again for our colleague.’

In the past, the network has refuted Farrow’s claims that it killed the story, saying: ‘The assertion that NBC News tried to kill the Weinstein story while Ronan Farrow was at NBC News, or even more ludicrously, after he left NBC News, is an outright lie.’

At least four other women came forward in the wake of Lauer’s firing with their own allegations of sexual harassment.

One woman told the Washington Post that the anchor exposed himself in his office and asked her to touch him.

A second said she had sex with Lauer in his office in the middle of the work day and a third claimed that he gave her a sex toy.

Former Today production assistant Addie Zinone alleged that she had a troubled, but consensual, relationship with Lauer in 2000.

Lauer refused to comment on any allegations of misconduct, claiming in April 2018 that he wanted to ‘protect’ his family from ’embarrassment’.

He and his wife Annette Roque separated in the wake of the allegations and finalized their divorce earlier this month.

The couple had been together for over 20 years and share three children – son Jack, 18, daughter Romy, 15, and son Thijs, 12.

Lauer has hired a team of lawyers ahead of the October 15 release of ‘Catch and Kill’, Page Six reported, citing an informant who said the disgraced anchor and his team were given the opportunity to fact-check and comment on the book.

Publishers at Little, Brown and Company declined to comment but said they are ‘extremely proud of the important reporting in “Catch and Kill”, which has been meticulously fact-checked and vetted’.

Farrow, son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the extensive cover-up of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct on the leading edge of the #MeToo movement two years ago.

The upcoming book is marketed as ‘the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth’, detailing ‘surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse,’ according to Little, Brown and Company.

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