Savannah Guthrie anchored tonight's newscast, filling in for Lester Holt, with Kate Snow reporting on their longtime colleague. "I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC", Brokaw said in a statement to the Washington Post, who Vester also spoke to.
After her time at NBC, during which Vester worked for the station in Washington, London, Chicago and NY, where she would latterly be an anchor on NBC News at Sunrise and MSNBC, the journalist was poached by Fox News.
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"I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months", Lauer told the Washington Post. Vester, the Washington Post and Variety can not diminish that. She resisted, after which Brokaw left. Brokaw wrote that Vester sought him out for the meeting in the NY hotel room, a characterization she rejects.
Another woman-a former production assistant for the news network-accused the former news anchor of touching her inappropriately.
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Brokaw, who described the stories about him as a "drive-by shooting", said that he had called the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes on her behalf and that Vester got a job there.
"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. As that discussion advanced she often reminded me she was a Catholic and that she was uncomfortable with my presence. 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. "Not in high school, college or thereafter".
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.
"I am not a flawless person", Brokaw wrote, "I've made mistakes, personally and professionally". 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. "Instead she became a character assassin".
Brokaw announced on Friday that he was canceling an appearance to give a commencement speech at Connecticut's Sacred Heart University, saying he did not want to distract from the students and their families.
Chairman Andy Lack addressed sexual harassment allegations against former anchor Tom Brokaw in a memo sent to staffers Friday.