Tom Brokaw disputes sexual misconduct claims, rails against media

Tom Brokaw disputes sexual misconduct claims, rails against media

A CT university says former news anchor Tom Brokaw has withdrawn as commencement speaker after facing allegations of sexual harassment.

On Friday, Brokaw sent a letter to NBC colleagues denying the allegations raised by Linda Vester, calling them "a drive-by shooting" and saying that Vester had a reputation for having "trouble with the truth". "It can torpedo your career".

The allegations come months after "Today'" host Matt Lauer was sacked while facing claims of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace". Lauer denied that he ever harassed anyone, though he did own up to acting "inappropriately" in his capacity as a family man and prominent employee at NBC.

With that, he reportedly added, "the Honorable Linda McMahon, member of the President's Cabinet and former SHU trustee" would be the new speaker at the May ceremony. Even after the incident, Brokaw said, Vester was the one that invited him to a drink in London, during which Vester alleges another incident took place.

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According to reports by the Washington Post and Variety, Vester was in her 20s when veteran newsman Brokaw reportedly made the advances. "The conferences had been transient, cordial and applicable, and regardless of Linda's allegations, I made no romantic overtures in the direction of her, at the moment or another". In it, he said, "I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety ... taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship". "Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect", they wrote.

The letter was composed by Elizabeth Bowyer, co-head of brand and content strategy at Goldman Sachs, who then distributed it to some staffers at NBC, where Bowyer previously worked for Brokaw and NBC News, Variety reported. Mr. Brokaw told the Post that no such incident happened. "I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost", Lauer said.

The Post said that Curry declined to name the management officials she approached, and NBC said the company had no record of her warning.

"I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction", he wrote. Rather, he was doing so in response to reports about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Sen. But he also spoke of how there are two sides in many situations, with perceptions of what occurs being "subjective". "I think it's a different time".

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