Brokaw gets support after harassment allegation; withdraws from SHU commencement

2 former NBC employees say anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances

"My client has watched as a number of courageous women have come forward to report extreme forms of sexual harassment at NBC", Mr. Wilkenfeld said in an email.

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

She said after the alleged 1994 incident, which she said took place at the Essex Hotel in New York City, Mr. Brokaw behaved in a similar fashion in 1995, when he came to her apartment in London, where she was stationed.

Linda Vester, a former NBC correspondent, accused Brokaw of making unwanted sexual advances in the 1990s.

"My NBC colleagues are bewildered that Vester, who had limited success at NBC News, a modest career at Fox and a reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth, was suddenly the keeper of the flame of journalistic integrity". She said that once in a hallway in the mid-1990s, Brokaw approached her in a small enclave, commented that her hands were cold, then put her hands under his jacket against him and pulled her in close.

In response, Vester's lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, said she stands by her allegations, "which speak for themselves". Ailes, who passed away previous year, left Fox News in 2016 amid sexual harassment allegations that he repeatedly denied.

She told the Post that "the implication of his invitation" was clear.




The NBC staffer, who wasn't named, said she went to Curry with a complaint, reported the Washington Post.

Brokaw, the letter says, "has treated each of us with fairness and respect".

The Post reported that it had talked to 12 current or former NBC staffers who said they were sexually harassed at the network but did not report it to anyone. She also mentioned she was Catholic as a way of rebuffing his advances.

Vester said that "no one did a thing", and "there was nothing I could really do or say because I was so low on the totem pole".

"I don't think that people who were victims would feel particularly supported by going to someone and asking for help, whether that person was in HR or that person was a colleague", said O'Brien, who went on to work at CNN and who now runs her own production company. He notes that her contract was not renewed, a detail Vester also shared with The Post.

But he said he "did not verbally and physically attack her" as described in the interviews. Vester told the Post and Variety that Brokaw, in both London and NY, grabbed the back of her neck and pulled her in forcefully in an attempt to kiss her.

He said NBC has been conducting a review with a team of legal and human resource leaders which "is nearing its conclusion, and we will have findings and further steps to share with you as soon as next week".

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