Tom Brokaw Slams Sexual Misconduct Claims as "Sensational"

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Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has canceled his upcoming commencement speech at a CT university amid controversy surrounding the recent sexual harassment allegations made against him, reports said Friday. "It can torpedo your career". She couldn't pick up the phone and say, 'I'd like to talk.

It comes as former "Today" host Ann Curry said that she reported Lauer's conduct to NBC executives in 2012.

According to reports by the Washington Post and Variety, Vester was in her 20s when veteran newsman Brokaw reportedly made the advances.

In a memo to staff on Friday, NBC News President Andrew Lack repeated that Brokaw "emphatically denies" the allegations.

Another big NBC News name is facing sexual harassment allegations - this time dating back to the 1990s.

"It was physically unpleasant and humiliating", Vester said of the alleged incident. "The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda's allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other".

The Post story reported on the fear of many women at NBC News and elsewhere to speak out about sexual harassment. The women said he has treated all of them with fairness and respect, giving them opportunities for advancement and championing successes in their careers. "But in this one woman piece of sensational claims they are trying".

Addie Zinone, a former production assistant on "Today", wrote in a December 2017 guest column for Variety that she had a one-month affair with Lauer in 2000 that had a devastating and lasting effect on her personal and professional life. She never went to his office and left her job shortly after the encounter.


CBS News was unable to reach NBC for comment.

Lauer was subsequently accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, according to accounts given late past year to Variety and to the New York Times. "He is working through a very contentious divorce with Annette [Roque]".

In a statement to The Post, Lauer "fully" acknowledged that he acted "inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC".

"Any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false", he told The Washington Post.

We are current and former colleagues of Tom's, who have worked with him over a period spanning four decades.

The allegation against Mr. Brokaw comes as NBC News, a division of Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, is still reeling from the exit of Matt Lauer, who was sacked in November as lead anchor of its morning show "Today" after a network staffer accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior. That move she so vividly describes is NOT WHO I AM. She also mentioned she was Catholic as a way of rebuffing his advances. She also told the magazine that he groped her and showed up at her hotel room uninvited. She has unleashed a torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks on me more than twenty years after I opened the door for her and a new job at Fox News.

"Once again, our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected".

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