Matt Lauer apparently made a thinly veiled dig at his former “In the present day” colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for “dashing to guage” him after he was accused of rape by an ex-staffer on the present.
In his gorgeous rebuttal to Ronan Farrow’s e-book “Catch and Kill,” Lauer challenged what he referred to as Farrow’s “flawed reporting and factual errors” — notably 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 consider is immediately geared toward 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 have been keen to totally problem the accusations in opposition to me, or the individual making them. The frenzy to judgment was swift. The truth is, on the morning I used to be falsely accused of rape, and earlier than I might even concern a press release, some journalists have been already calling my accuser ‘courageous’ and ‘brave.’ Whereas the presumption of innocence is just assured in a court docket of legislation, I felt journalists ought to have, on the very least, acknowledged and thought of it.”
Particulars of the rape allegation — which led to Lauer’s firing in 2017 — grew to become public in October, and co-anchors Guthrie and Kotb expressed their horror — with out utilizing the phrases “courageous” or “brave.” Guthrie mentioned, “That is surprising and appalling … I wish to say that I do know it wasn’t simple for our colleague Brooke to come back ahead then. It’s not simple now. And we help her and any ladies who come ahead with claims.” She added, “We’re disturbed to our core.”
Kotb mentioned, “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 simple, what she did, to come back ahead. It’s not simple in any respect.”
Reps for NBC and “In the present day” didn’t remark.