Her partner has her back. Brooke Nevils — who accused former Today show host Matt Lauer of rape in Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill — returned to Twitter on October 10 to praise her fiancé for his support after news broke of her new allegations. “The mystery man spotted with me by the photographers camped outside our building is my incredibly strong and supportive fiancé, Luke,” she shared. “I look forward to being spotted with him for the rest of our lives.”
Just a day earlier, Variety published allegations against Lauer, 61, after the outlet got an advance copy of Farrow’s book. Nevils, 32, claimed she was in Sochi, Russia for NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics when Lauer had anal sex with her without her consent. She alleged that when they were in his hotel room together, Lauer allegedly pushed Nevils against the door and kissed her before throwing her onto the bed, “flipping her over, asking if she liked anal sex,” Farrow, 31, wrote. “She said that she declined several times.”
Nevils was “in the midst of telling him she wasn’t interested again when he ‘just did it,’” Farrow wrote. “Lauer, she said, didn’t use lubricant. The encounter was excruciatingly painful. ‘It hurt so bad. I remember thinking, Is this normal?’ She told me she stopped saying no, but wept silently into a pillow.” Nevils also told the investigative reporter: “It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent. It was non-consensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.” Lauer has strongly denied the allegations.
The same day the news broke, Nevils tweeted for the first time after possibly scrubbing her Twitter profile — which was established in May 2013 but had no tweets when the allegations became public. She wrote, “I want to thank the many survivors who shared their stories with me today and offered their support. It takes courage, and I am truly grateful.”
Other NBC figures are standing in Nevils’ corner, too. Former Today reporter Ann Curry tweeted on October 9, “Brooke Nevils is a credible young woman of good character. She came to NBC News an eager and guileless 20-something, brimming with talent. I believe she is telling the truth. And that breaks my heart.” We hope Nevils has a lot of support in her life as her story is shared more widely.
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