NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Matt Lauer, the once high-profile “Today” host, denied a rape allegation made by Ronan Farrow in his book “Catch & Kill.”
Lauer wrote a 4,800-word column for Mediate that he said was initially planned for release last November.
Lauer claimed Farrow’s work was, in effect, biased against NBC because he “knew his work on ‘Catch and Kill’ would receive little in the way of scrutiny,” and therefore published “deeply flawed” material.
He says he re-reported the allegations against Lauer and he claims there are huge holes in Farrow’s story, CNN said.
Mediate vouched for Lauer’s assertions in an editor’s note they “independently fact checked the accounts of the four witnesses/subjects Lauer spoke with and cites in this piece. All confirmed in early February that Lauer’s account of their conversations was accurate.”
While Lauer denied a October 2019 rape accusation, he did admit to “some terrible decisions, and I betrayed the trust of many people.”
Two of the four subjects were ex-boyfriends of Brooke Nevils, who lodged the 2017 complaint that ultimately led to Lauer’s firing. She had alleged Lauer raped her in 2014, and incident that “derailed my life,” she told Farrow.
However, Lauer wrote at “no time did Nevils ever use the words ‘assault’ or ‘rape’ in regards to any accusation against me while filing her complaint with NBC in November of 2017.
Farrow tweeted in response Tuesday night, “All I’ll say on this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong. Catch and Kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself.”
Nevils tweeted the acronym DARVO: Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender.
DARVO: Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender
— Brooke Nevils (@BrookeNevils) May 19, 2020
All I’ll say on this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong. Catch and Kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) May 19, 2020