Tom Brokaw scraps commencement speech amid sexual harassment allegations

Tom Brokaw scraps commencement speech amid sexual harassment allegations

Tom Brokaw scraps commencement speech amid sexual harassment allegations

Around noon Friday, NBC News's Tom Brokaw responded via email to an interview request from the Erik Wemple Blog regarding allegations against him in The Post and Variety. The email was first reported on by the Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times.

Brokaw, meanwhile, withdrew on Friday as a commencement speaker at Connecticut's Sacred Heart University next month, saying his appearance would be a distraction.

She told Variety that despite not being at fault, she "suffered years of humiliation and isolation" from the incidents. He said that he "may have leaned over for a perfunctory good night kiss" on the cheek in London.

Brokaw wrote in the obtained email, "I am angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career".

Additionally on Thursday, Selection printed an interview with Vester during which she claimed Brokaw groped her in an NBC convention room and confirmed up at her lodge room uninvited.

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The reporter then went on to give a detailed account of his relationship with Vester, denying any verbal or physical attacks on her.

John Petillo, the university's president, said in a letter to students, faculty and staff on Friday that he had been informed of Brokaw's decision to pull out of the engagement and that Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonThe Hill's 12:30 Report Madeleine Albright slams Trump's "all white men" administration Red tape at the borders stifles USA small-business growth MORE, the head of the Small Business Administration, would take his place. He also said it was he who helped her land a job at Fox News by placing a call to Roger Ailes, the late chief executive of the network. I have issues from those two meetings 20 years ago?' Brokaw wrote. Instead she became a character assassin.

She said Brokaw left when she broke away and made it clear she did not want any more. What was her goal? "Hard to believe it wasn't much more Look At Me than Me:Too", he states.

Brokaw denied the allegations strongly in a letter sent to colleagues Friday and released to select reporters by NBC News.

Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, speaks at the American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times debut gala at Smithsonian American Art Museum on May 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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The Washington Post also revealed new allegations against former NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer.

After Today show host Matt Lauer was sacked past year, Lack said at the time that an internal review was underway to determine "what happened and what we can do to build a culture of greater transparency, openness and respect for each other".

NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a memo last December that the sexual misconduct allegations against Lauer exposed organizational failures.

But Ellison said a second unnamed NBC employee described another incident around the same time.

NBC News senior national correspondent Kate Snow said Friday on "Today" that since Lauer's firing, the news division has been undergoing a "culture assessment" and that all employees are receiving workplace behavioral training.

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"NBC is a sophisticated company", Drobac said, "and yet its response is a bit backward".

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