The woman who accused Matt Lauer of rape has fired back at the former “Today” show host after he publicized an open letter accusing her of lying.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Brooke Nevils recounted the alleged rape for the first time for Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book “Catch and Kill,” about Farrow’s time reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the ensuing #MeToo movement that exposed sexual abuses in the entertainment industry.
After Variety reported on Nevils’ rape allegations cited in the book, Lauer shared an open letter, obtained by the New York Post, in which he aggressively denied the claims an insisted that any sexual encounters he had with Nevils were entirely consensual.
In response, Nevils released a statement to NBC News:
“There’s a Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on TV every morning for two decades. And there is the Matt Lauer who this morning attempted to bully a former colleague into silence,” Nevils wrote in the statement obtained by the New York Post..
“His open letter was a case study in victim blaming. I am not afraid of him now regardless of his threats, bullying, and the shaming and predatory tactics I knew he would and now has tried to use against me.”
Lauer was fired in 2017 in response to allegations of sexual misconduct. He said in the open letter that he had no idea at that time Nevils believed the sexual encounter they had at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi was nonconsensual, and described her claim as “outrageous and false.”
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