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Matt Lauer's unforgiveable letter is going to make MeToo history

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10.10.2019

Earlier this week, Matt Lauer was accused of raping a former NBC colleague in 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The allegation was made public by Variety, based on Ronan Farrow’s soon-to-be released book Catch & Kill. Brooke Nevils, the colleague in question, says Lauer allegedly invited her back into his hotel room (after she initially came by to pick up her press credentials), pushed her against the door, kissed her, then pushed her onto the bed and anally raped her.

“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” Nevils told Farrow. “It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.” According to Farrow, Nevils said that she “wept silently into a pillow” and “bled for days” in the aftermath.

After Nevils’s allegation came to light, Lauer’s former Today show colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb — who are now the programme’s co-anchors — reacted on air, saying they were “disturbed to [their] core” by the accusation. “We support her and any women who have come forward with claims,” Guthrie said of Nevils.

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Lauer reacted, too, in a lengthy letter published in full on Wednesday by Variety, which was lengthy, indignant, and shockingly tone-deaf (more on that in a minute).

Of course, issuing a denial is Lauer’s right. Harvey Weinstein has done it. Kevin Spacey has done it. Luc Besson, the influential French director currently facing a rape........

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