MSNBC anchors Andrea Mitchell and Rachel Maddow are among a group of women to sign onto a letter vouching for veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw's character as he faces allegations of sexual harassment. Hard to believe it wasn't much more Look At Me than Me:Too.I am proud of who I am as a husband, father, grandfather, journalist and citizen.
In the letter, sent Friday, current and former colleagues of the NBC News special correspondent write that "Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect".
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According to the Post report, Vester, 30 years Brokaw's junior, said the anchor invited himself to her hotel room in 1994 despite her attempts to convince him not to. Brokaw wrote that Vester sought him out for the meeting in the NY hotel room, a characterization she rejects.
An NBC spokesman told The Washington Post there is no record of Curry's complaint and it was not noted in Lauer's personnel file.
"This is one of the problems when we talk about corporations with an HR department being under leadership of someone who might or might not be accused", she told the Post. 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.
"I was groped and assaulted by Tom Brokaw, then the anchor of 'NBC Nightly News, '" Vester said in a video interview with Variety.
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NBC had no comment on Brokaw's letter. She also said she was not surprised about the allegations against Lauer. Brokaw, who has been married since 1962 and retired from the media giant 14 years ago, denies the allegations. Vester remained at Fox News until 2006.
In the letter, Brokaw said "I am not a flawless person. Not in high school, college or thereafter". Two friends who Vester told at the time corroborated her story with Variety, and she shared her journal entries from the time period.
Vester's attorney on Friday reiterated this point in a statement written in response to Brokaw's letter, saying her client "observed that the company's response does not appear to be aimed at producing a safer and more equitable workplace for women".
He said NBC has been conducting a review with a team of legal and human resource leaders which "is nearing its conclusion, and we will have findings and further steps to share with you as soon as next week".
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