Famous retired NBC broadcaster, Tom Brokaw has denied the former allegations against him by two women on Thursday, ‘Variety’ and ‘The Washington Post’ reported about it on Thursday evening.
The former correspondent, Linda Vester alleged Brokaw of making twice unwanted advanced towards her. Vester said that first, Browkaw arrived at her hotel room uninvited and tried to kiss her in the year 1994 and the second time Brokaw groped her in a conference room in the year 1995, when he walked in the room and grabbed her from behind and tickled her on the waist.
In an interview with Variety, Vester said, “Nobody acted like anything wrong was happening, but I was humiliated.”
Vester said that she did not report the alleged encounters to the NBC management but told Variety that she is coming forward now in order to show that the NBC network has had a workplace culture issue even long before when “Today” show host Matt Lauer was chucked out of the job due to sexual misconduct allegations made against him in November.
Another woman, who spoke to The Washington Post on condition of maintaining anonymity, said that Brokaw had approached her in the mid 1990s in a hallway and tried to put her hands on his chest. At the time, she was a 24 year old production assistant. Later, he had invited her to his office to discuss about her career. She did not go to the office and also, did not report about the incident to the network.
On the other hand, Brokaw denied these accusations and in statements he provided to Variety and the Post. He said that no such incident had ever occurred with the production assistant. Moreover, he also denied making any romantic overtures towards Vester.
Brokaw, who retired as managing editor and anchor of “Nightly News” in the year 2004 and is now a special correspondent said in a statement released through NBC News that he met with Vester on two occasions, 23 years ago, both at her request as she wanted advice with respect to her career at the network. The meetings between the two were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite of Linda’s allegations, he had made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other.
Notably, there have been several sexual harassment accusations against high profile men in the media, including former CBS and PBS newsman Charlie Rose and Lauer coming forward. The accusations range from unwanted sexual advances to sexual assault.