Tom Brokaw disputes sexual misconduct claims, rails against media

29 April, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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MSNBC anchors joined 62 others in a letter defending Tom Brokaw in the wake of sexual harassment claims made against him Thursday.

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

Former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester accused Brokaw, 78, of unwanted touching and trying to forcibly kiss her in 1994 and 1995, according to interviews she gave to the Washington Post and the trade publication Variety. They both agree that Brokaw was helpful in recommending her to Roger Ailes, at Fox News, where Vester went to work after NBC. Variety ran a video interview with Vester that included some incidents not reported by The Post.

In a statement to The Post, Vester's lawyer said that "my client stands by the allegations which speak for themselves". She said Brokaw left when she broke away and made it clear she did not want any more.

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.

Brokaw dismissed Vester as having had "limited success at NBC News, a modest career at Fox and a reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth".


Vester said the following year in New York, Brokaw sent her suggestive computer messages in the office before later announcing on the phone that he was coming to her hotel room. "Hard to believe it wasn't much more Look at Me than Me:Too". She told the Post Brokaw put her hands against his chest, pulled her closer and then invited her to later come to his office.

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Brokaw wrote that his accuser, Linda Vester, failed in her pursuit of stardom and was given the run of the Post and Variety to vent her grievances. I have issues from those two meetings 20 years ago?' Brokaw wrote. He referred to Vester as a "character assassin".

Former war reporter Linda Vester accused veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct in incidents taking place when the two worked together in the early 1990s.

In his memo Friday, Mr. Lack said the review-led by NBC General Counsel Kim Harris, whom he said "has extensive experience in conducting reviews of this kind"-is nearing its conclusion, with findings to be shared as soon as next week".

University president John Petillo says he respects and agrees with Brokaw's decision to keep the focus on students at the May 13 ceremony.

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