Matt Lauer apparently made a thinly veiled dig at his former “As we speak” colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for “dashing to guage” him after he was accused of rape by an ex-staffer at the present.
In his gorgeous rebuttal to Ronan Farrow’s e book “Catch and Kill,” Lauer challenged what he known as Farrow’s “flawed reporting and factual errors” — significantly relating to former NBC staffer Brooke Nevils’ claims that Lauer raped her. He denies rape and insists he had a consensual sexual relationship with Nevils.
NBC insiders are buzzing a couple of barbed passage in his essay that they imagine is straight aimed at his ex-co-anchors Guthrie and Kotb, with each of whom he believed he had an amicable friendship.
Lauer wrote, “I used to be shaken, however not stunned, that few within the media had been prepared to completely problem the accusations in opposition to me, or the individual making them. The push to judgment was swift. Actually, on the morning I used to be falsely accused of rape, and earlier than I may even concern a press release, some journalists had been already calling my accuser ‘courageous’ and ‘brave.’ Whereas the presumption of innocence is barely assured in a court docket of legislation, I felt journalists ought to have, at the very least, acknowledged and thought-about it.”
Particulars of the rape allegation — which led to Lauer’s firing in 2017 — turned public in October, and co-anchors Guthrie and Kotb expressed their horror — with out utilizing the phrases “courageous” or “brave.” Guthrie stated, “That is surprising and appalling … I wish to say that I do know it wasn’t straightforward for our colleague Brooke to return ahead then. It’s not straightforward now. And we help her and any girls who come ahead with claims.” She added, “We’re disturbed to our core.”
Kotb stated, “It’s like, you’re feeling such as you’ve recognized somebody for 12 years … and abruptly a door opens up and it’s part of them you didn’t know … Our ideas are with Brooke. It’s not straightforward, what she did, to return ahead. It’s not straightforward at all.”
Reps for NBC and “As we speak” didn’t remark.