Lauer accuser calls his defense 'a case study in victim shaming'

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“His open letter was a case study in victim blaming. I am not afraid of him now regardless of his threats, bullying, and the shaming and predatory tactics I knew he would and now has tried to use against me,” Brooke Nevils, who said Lauer sexually assaulted her at the Sochi Olympics in Russia, said in a statement to NBC News.


“There’s a Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on TV every morning for two decades. And there is the Matt Lauer who this morning attempted to bully a former colleague into silence,” the statement reads.

Lauer responded to the allegation, made in Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill,” on Wednesday, saying it was “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense,” and said that the encounter was part of a consensual affair.

Nevils has admitted having an affair with Lauer after the incident, but told Farrow it was “transactional” and she agreed out of fear of professional retaliation.

Lauer was fired in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct from Nevils, whose name did not become public at the time. At least 10 current and former colleagues would eventually come forward with allegations against him.