NBC's Lack: Review of Lauer scandal near completion

NBC's Lack: Review of Lauer scandal near completion

Wilkenfeld also represents the woman whose sexual misconduct claims against former "Today" host Matt Lauer led to Lauer's dismissal from NBC previous year.

Savannah Guthrie anchored tonight's newscast, filling in for Lester Holt, with Kate Snow reporting on their longtime colleague. "He said no such incident happened".

According to the letter, the women - who are on-camera and behind-the-camera, in both news and executive roles with the network - have together worked with Tom for all of the past four decades.

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.

On Friday, Brokaw sent a letter to NBC colleagues denying the allegations raised by Linda Vester, calling them "a drive-by shooting" and saying that Vester had a reputation for having "trouble with the truth". Challenging that charge, Brokaw wrote, "She often sought me out for informal meetings, including the one she describes in her NY hotel room".

In a statement to The Post, Vester's lawyer said that "my client stands by the allegations which speak for themselves".

Brokaw earlier Friday denied the allegations in a statement provided to reporters by NBC.

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

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Brokaw, who anchored NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004 and now serves as a special correspondent for the company, said he was "facing a long list of grievances from a former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom".

NBC News said late past year that it was launching a probe into Mr. Lauer's behavior during his long tenure at the network.

The Post reported Thursday that NBC planned a "culture assessment", but "did not hire an outside firm to conduct the investigation".

The women say he has treated all of them with fairness and respect, giving them opportunities for advancement and championing successes in their careers. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.

The women wrote that they know Brokaw "to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity".

As for the hotel room visit, Brokaw said "I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction".

NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a memo last December that the sexual misconduct allegations against Lauer exposed organizational failures.

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