In an email obtained by the Hollywood Reporter and sent to several of his NBC News colleagues, Brokaw, said the accusations amounted to a “perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety,” the two outlets which broke the story Thursday afternoon.
“I am angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career, a mix of written and broadcast journalism, philanthropy and participation in environmental and social causes that have always given extra meaning to my life,” Brokaw wrote.
On Thursday, The Washington Post and Variety published bombshell reports detailing the accounts of two women, former NBC correspondent Linda Vester and an unnamed former NBC News production assistant, who said that Brokaw made unwanted advances toward them in the 1990s, when he was the anchor of “NBC Nightly News.”
Variety reported that Vester said that Brokaw tried to kiss her on two separate occasions, groped her in a NBC conference room and showed up at her hotel room uninvited. The second accuser, who remains unnamed, told the Post she was 24 when Brokaw pulled her into a small enclave at NBC News, took her hands and pressed them against his chest while asking her to come to his office after his show.
In his statement released Friday, Brokaw fired back at Vester, writing, “My NBC colleagues are bewildered that Vester, who had limited success at NBC News, a modest career at Fox and a reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth was suddenly the keeper of the flame of journalistic integrity.”
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