Brooke Nevils decided to speak out on Wednesday (Oct. 9) about her rape allegations against Matt Lauer. And as you might expect, she had much to say.
After news broke about Brooke alleging that Matt raped her during their first sexual encounter, Matt released an open letter, denying the accusations that Brooke has levied upon him.
“In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault,” Matt writes, according to Variety. “It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.The story Brooke tells is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Brooke then responded with a few thoughts of her own.
“There’s the 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 said via a statement that was aired on NBC Nightly News. “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.”
In the soon to be released new book Catch and Kill: Lies Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Nevils alleges that the former Today show host anally raped her in a hotel room while the two were together covering the 2014 Sochi Olympics for NBC. Lauer denies any wrongdoing, saying that the sexual act was both mutual and consensual.
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Lauer’s ex-wife Annette Roque also issued a statement, telling People magazine through her lawyer that “In response to your inquiry, our client has asked us to tell you that now that the parties are officially divorced, her priority and only concern is for their wonderful children. Our client will make no further statements.”