Matt Lauer rape allegation: Former NBC host Matt Lauer accused of raping

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Matt Lauer rape allegation: Former NBC host Matt Lauer accused of raping.

Matt Lauer has been accused of rape by his former NBC colleague Brooke Nevils, whose complaint against him led to his firing from the Today show in 2017.

The full details of Nevils’s allegations are made public for the first time in Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill.

In the book, seen by Variety, Nevils alleges that at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room.

In 2018, Lauer denied allegations of assault, saying: “I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC.

“However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”

According to Nevils’s account in the book, she went up to Lauer’s hotel room and he pushed her onto the bed, “flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex”.

Farrow writes: “She said that she declined several times… [she] was in the midst of telling him she wasn’t interested again 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.”

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Nevils tells Farrow: “It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent [and said] multiple times that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”

She said she had more sexual encounters with Lauer when they returned to New York, adding: “It was completely transactional. It was not a relationship.”

After Nevils reported her ordeal to NBC executives, Lauer was eventually fired.

A statement from NBC News, read out during Wednesday’s Today show, said: “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.”

Catch and Kill is published on 15 October.

Related: Jennifer Aniston Talks ‘Morning Show’, Matt Lauer, ‘Piggish’ Harvey Weinstein, & More!

Art imitates life in Jennifer Aniston’s new Apple TV series The Morning Show, a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about a daytime news show rocked by the #MeToo movement.

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For those who don’t know, the series stars Jen as a veteran anchor who finds herself in the spotlight after her famous male colleague (Steve Carell) is fired over sexual misconduct allegations — not unlike the very real scandal Matt Lauer found himself in when he was fired from Today for the same reason.

In a new interview with Variety for the “Power of Women” issue, the Emmy winner opened up about The Morning Show, how the #MeToo movement has already changed Hollywood for the better, and that one time she was bullied by “piggish” Harvey Weinstein.

Recalling how she re-watched Today the day before Lauer was given the boot, the Friends star admitted she was disgusted at the news of his inappropriate behavior. She said:

“I was so devastated. It’s such a strange thing; it felt oddly like my dad did something terrible. I trusted him and had been interviewed by him. He was there for so many moments in my life. And when Friends was ending, it was Katie [Couric] and Matt interviewing us.”

Aniston revealed the original pilot for the Apple series, which focused on the cutthroat world of morning TV, underwent major rewrites after Lauer’s firing. She said:

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“The show got picked up. We sold it to Apple with an outline. Then, about four months later, the whole s**t hit the fan and, basically, we had to start from scratch.”

But she was quick to note Carell’s character Mitch Kessler was not based on Lauer “at all,” explaining:

“Mitch Kessler is not based on him at all. He’s just sort of the archetype of all of the men that he’s representing… [The show is] all fictional, but also kind of highlighting aspects of the archetype of a charming narcissist, of a generation of men that didn’t think that was bad behavior. That’s just the way it works. And men are flirts and women are coy and find it flattering. And thankfully, with the sacrifices of these women who have come forward, this isn’t going to happen anymore. It’s wonderful that you’re accountable and you have to check yourself.”

Speaking of narcissists, Aniston was asked if she ever had to spend time with the Time’s Up’s super-villain that is Weinstein.

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