Savannah Guthrie anchored tonight's newscast, filling in for Lester Holt, with Kate Snow reporting on their longtime colleague.
In the new Washington Post story, Ann Curry, Lauer's former Today co-host, claims she approached two NBC managers after one employee told her she had been "sexually harassed physically" by Lauer. They both agree that Brokaw was helpful in recommending her to Roger Ailes, at Fox News, where Vester went to work after NBC. NBC told the Post, via a spokesperso\n, that the company does not have a record of Curry's warning, adding it is not mentioned in Lauer's file.
Variety reported that Vester's friends corroborated her story, as did contemporaneous journal entries. She resisted, after which Brokaw left. She said Brokaw went to her NY hotel room once in the mid-1990s, proposed an affair and tried to forcibly kiss her.
The 78-year-old broadcast journalist penned an emotional response to accusations that he had made unwanted advances on a former colleague, writing that "it is 4:00 a.m. on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism". As that discussion advanced she often reminded me she was a Catholic and that she was uncomfortable with my presence. "I believed her", she explained.
Vester told The Post that she came forward because "NBC has failed to hire outside counsel to investigate a genuine, long-standing problem of sexual misconduct in the news division".
Daily sports headlines from across Gwinnett County, including high school, professional and college news. I have issues from those two meetings 20 years ago?' Brokaw wrote.
Mr. Brokaw's 1,037-word email was sent to a small group of recipients who included Mr. Lack; Lester Holt, the "NBC Nightly News" anchor; and David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. He referred to Vester as a "character assassin".
Tens of current and former colleagues NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw have come out in support of the former anchor amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
He said NBC has been conducting a review with a team of legal and human resource leaders which "is nearing its conclusion, and we will have findings and further steps to share with you as soon as next week".
Brokaw announced on Friday that he was canceling an appearance to give a commencement speech at Connecticut's Sacred Heart University, saying he did not want to distract from the students and their families.