Transcript for Matt Lauer denies sexual assault allegation as accuser comes forward
Where to turn next year to new allegations against former today show host Matt Lauer tonight a woman has reportedly described to Ronan Ferrell an alleged sexual assault. Map lower responding tonight and so was NBC. Here's Lindsey Davis. For the first time one of memo hours accusers has reportedly come forward to describe the sexual assault by the former today show anchor this is. Shocking and appalling this morning his former colleagues reacted to the explosive claims. There are not allegations of an affair there allegations of a crime. And I think that's shocking to all of us here. Brining magazine obtained excerpts of the new book catching killed by brown in faro. According to variety former NBC news producer Brooke nibbles told Farrow the assault took place at the 2014. Sochi Olympics. While she was working for anchor Meredith Vieira. She reportedly told Farrow that one night after drinks in Sochi with lauer and Vieira. She would not till hours hotel room where she says he pushed her onto the bed flipping her over and forced her into a sex act she says she wept silently into a pillow. According to excerpts obtained by variety the producer told Farrell I was too drunk to consent it was non consensual in and I said multiple times I didn't want to. She tells sparrow that back in Yorkshire went on to have more consensual sexual encounters with our. And later told colleagues and superiors at NBC. But she claims nothing happened until she told Vieira who urged her to go to human resource is with a lawyer and The Today Show later announced lauer was fired. As I'm sure you can imagine we are devastated and we are still processing. Tonight when Howard denies these latest allegations in a letter saying he could remain silent no more. Calling it an extra marital affair that was completely consensual. He claims that on that night in Sochi she certainly did not cry. She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner adding the producer hugged him when she left the hotel room. He says when he affair ended the woman tried to rekindle it. Adding because of my infidelity I have brought more pain and embarrassment to my family than most people can ever begin to understand they've been through hell. I've asked for their forgiveness taken responsibility. For what I did do wrong. Tonight nettles tells NBC news flowers letter was quote a case study in victim blaming. Today NBC news released a statement saying that hours 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 that complaint David Lindsey Davis tonight thank you that's.
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