Tom Brokaw Denies Sexual Misconduct Claim by Ex-NBC Reporter

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The women said he has treated all of them with fairness and respect, giving them opportunities for advancement and championing successes in their careers.

Tom Brokaw's defenders at NBC/MSNBC reportedly include, from left, Rachel Maddow, Maria Shriver, Andrea Mitchell and Mika Brzezinski.

So began a statement the legendary NBC News anchor emailed to a select group of people Friday morning and later released to the Los Angeles Times.

In response, Vester's lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, said she stands by her allegations, "which speak for themselves".

News chairman Andy Lack addressed sexual harassment claims against Tom Brokaw in an email sent to employees Friday. In particular, she cited a night when Brokaw went to her NY hotel against her wishes, and that night he told her that he wanted "an affair of more than passing affection". "I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship".

President Trump's Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon will replace NBC News' Tom Brokaw as the commencement speaker at a Catholic university next month, following reports that Brokaw allegedly sexually harassed a former NBC correspondent.

"We take allegations such as these very seriously, and act on them quickly and decisively when the facts dictate", he said.

In addition to Ms. Vester's account, the Washington Post cited another accusation of inappropriate behavior by Mr. Brokaw with an unnamed NBC News staffer. He asked her how her job search was going, she said, and then asked her to come to his office for coffee later to talk about it. "Lauer admitted acting inappropriately but said he was not coercive, aggressive or abusive". NBC told the Post, via a spokesperso\n, that the company does not have a record of Curry's warning, adding it is not mentioned in Lauer's file. Vester, who had reported from the Middle East and covered the Gulf War for NBC, was 28 when she was in Colorado in 1993 with Brokaw to cover Pope John Paul II's visit to the U.S.

Brokaw wrote that his accuser, Linda Vester, failed in her pursuit of stardom and was given the run of the Post and Variety to vent her grievances.

"The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda's allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other".

In the letter, Brokaw said "I am not a ideal person".

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