Catch and Kill recounts Ronan Farrow’s investigation of Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s attempt to prevent him from publishing his findings in The New Yorker, and how Weinstein hired a private investigative firm to try to stop him. It also features a shocking interview with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee who first brought the complaint against Matt Lauer that got him fired from “Today” in 2017. When the story first broke, the media kept Nevils anonymous to protect her. But with the publication of Farrow’s new book, the full details of the allegations have been uncovered.
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We won’t go into too much detail here; you can read more about the exact details of the allegations here, here, and here. Variety was the first to break the story of these new allegations after receiving an advance copy of Catch and Kill.
Suffice it to say Matt Lauer began a pattern of sexual assault and harassment that Nevils alleges began during the coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Nevils reports that Lauer forced himself upon her in a hotel room in Russia despite her protests.
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Lauer has denied the accusations, saying: “it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault.” Nevils has a different story. She claims she objected multiple times during the account before Lauer physically forced her against a door.
This Wednesday, hosts of the “Today” show Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb commented on the breaking story. Kotb said:
There are not allegations of an affair. There are allegations of a crime. And I think that’s shocking to all of us here who have sat with Matt for many, many years.
These new details cast doubt on the stance maintained by NBC that they had no knowledge of the claims against Lauer. Farrow uncovers seven other allegations and non-disclosure agreements, implying Lauer’s behavior was merely swept under the rug.
Harvey Weinstein, via Variety
Adding yet another wrinkle to an already complicated and tragic story, it appears Weinstein may have used the knowledge of Lauer’s misconduct as leverage to prevent the allegations against himself from becoming public. Farrow describes the situation, saying:
These latest details represent yet another grim chapter in the ongoing #MeToo debacle, and Farrows Catch and Kill joins the litany of other books published about the scandal.
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