Tom Brokaw Comes Out Swinging Against Linda Vester's Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior

  • Tom Brokaw Comes Out Swinging Against Linda Vester's Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior

Tom Brokaw Comes Out Swinging Against Linda Vester's Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior

CBS News was unable to reach NBC for comment.

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.

Responding to sexual misconduct charges, NBC's Tom Brokaw complains of being "ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship".

Vester said the following year in New York, Brokaw sent her suggestive computer messages in the office before later announcing on the phone that he was coming to her hotel room. She has unleashed a torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks on me more than twenty years after I opened the door for her and a new job at Fox News.

Brokaw also addresses both alleged interactions with Vester, painting a different picture of what happened between the two.

Last November, NBC News fired its biggest star, longtime "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer, for sexually inappropriate behavior after executives heard a formal complaint from a female network employee. "He looked back at me and his jaw dropped".

In a note to staff on Friday, NBC chairman Andy Lack said NBC takes allegations like those against Brokaw very seriously, and said findings from the network's internal review into Lauer's actions may come out as soon as next week. She said that Brokaw went to her NY hotel room once in the mid-1990s, proposed an affair and tried to forcibly kiss her.

"I barely knew him and I didn't work for his broadcast", Vester added.

Besides denying the accusations in his letter, Mr. Brokaw called Ms. Vester a "former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom". "The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda's allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other".

What was in the email?

Brokaw, the former anchor of "NBC Nightly News", is one of the country's best-known journalists.

"This morning Tom Brokaw informed us of his decision to withdraw as our undergraduate commencement speaker", Petillo wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by News 8 in New Haven, Conn. Ailes, who passed away a year ago, left Fox News in 2016 amid sexual harassment allegations that he repeatedly denied.

And on the ad feminam attack front, Brokaw wrote prolifically.

Vester alleged that in both instances, Brokaw pressured her to have a sexual relationship with him. Vester additionally shared her journal entries from the time interval to the publication. "I have issues from those two meetings 20 years ago?' Instead she became a character assassin".

In the letter, Brokaw said "I am not a flawless person".

"We were in the Denver bureau, and there was a conference room". "And no one woman's assault can take that away".

He concluded his email by writing that he is "proud of who I am as a husband, father, grandfather, journalist and citizen". Vester, the Washington Post and Variety can not diminish that.

The women say he has treated all of them with fairness and respect, giving them opportunities for advancement and championing successes in their careers.