'A drive-by shooting': Tom Brokaw rails against sexual harassment allegations

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Matt Lauer has spoken out for the first time in five months since he was sacked by NBC over allegations of sexual harassment.

According to the Post report, Vester, 30 years Brokaw's junior, said the anchor invited himself to her hotel room in 1994 despite her attempts to convince him not to.

Savannah Guthrie anchored tonight's newscast, filling in for Lester Holt, with Kate Snow reporting on their longtime colleague.

The veteran journalist, 60, is not happy his former Today cohost shared a story alleging she reported Lauer for sexual harassment on behalf of a female colleague in 2012: "Matt has been laying low for a reason, and just when he thought the worst was behind him, this story comes out with Ann on the record".

She told Variety that despite not being at fault, she "suffered years of humiliation and isolation" from the incidents.

Vester's attorney Ari Wilkenfeld said: "My client stands by the allegations, which speak for themselves". "She has unleashed a torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks on me", Brokaw wrote.

The report also detailed the claims of an anonymous woman who told the Post that Brokaw acted inappropriately toward her during her time as a production assistant in the 1990s.

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Tom Brokaw vigorously denied an allegation of sexual harassment made by former NBC reporter Linda Vester, calling her an "angry" ex-colleague with a grudge against NBC News who is out to destroy his family and career. As that discussion advanced she often reminded me she was a Catholic and that she was uncomfortable with my presence.

Vester told the Post that she was frightened of angering Brokaw during the interaction.

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". "Not in high school, college or thereafter". "Instead she became a character assassin".

Mr. Brokaw wasn't immediately available for comment.

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.

Lauer's statement follows two new allegations of sexual harassment against the former Today anchor, which The Washington Post reported Thursday alongside sexual harassment allegations against Tom Brokaw. "As you know, since the week we terminated Matt's employment, NBC Universal has been conducting a review", he continues.

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