2 former NBC employees say anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances
29 April, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Charlene Valdez
In a note to staff on Friday, NBC chairman Andy Lack said NBC takes allegations like those against Brokaw very seriously, and said findings from the network's internal review into Lauer's actions may come out as soon as next week.
But it was published on Friday - an extraordinary defense of his character and a repudiation of the sexual harassment allegations made by former NBC colleague Linda Vester.
They write that Brokaw, "has treated each of us with fairness and respect". Vester, who had reported from the Middle East and covered the Gulf War for NBC, was 28 when she was in Colorado in 1993 with Brokaw to cover Pope John Paul II's visit to the U.S. He wonders why Vester did not pick up the phone to talk to him about her accusations from over two decades ago.
"I am facing a long list of grievances from a former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom". "Even though I know I was not in any way at fault in what happened to me with Brokaw, I still suffered years of humiliation and isolation", Vester said.
The report additionally detailed the claims of an nameless girl who informed the outlet Brokaw allegedly acted inappropriately towards her throughout her time as a manufacturing assistant within the 1990s.
Variety reported that Vester's friends corroborated her story, as did contemporaneous journal entries.
The claims about Mr. Brokaw shook an NBC news division still reeling from the ouster in November of Matt Lauer, the star "Today" show anchor, after numerous women at the network accused him of sexual harassment.
An NBC spokesman told The Washington Post there is no record of Curry's complaint and it was not noted in Lauer's personnel file.
In a sign of his stature, several NBC stars - including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell and Stephanie Ruhle - signed a public letter on Friday vouching for him as "a man of tremendous decency and integrity".
The network has previously been rocked by a sexual misconduct scandal that resulted in the firing of longtime "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer.
Lack also said NBC has conducted "a substantial culture assessment with hundreds of employees" and is running mandatory workplace training sessions.
Lauer was sacked by NBC in November after he was accused by a colleague of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".
"NBC is a sophisticated company", Drobac said, "and yet its response is a bit backward".
She also wondered if people conducting the investigation haven't been distracted by other duties since it has been five months since Lauer was sacked.
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