Tom Brokaw issues blistering, emotional statement in email slamming accuser

2 former NBC employees say anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances

Tom Brokaw rails against sexual harassment allegations

Color him surprised. Matt Lauer did not expect Ann Curry to speak out about the sexual harassment allegations made against him, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

Brokaw wrote that his accuser, Linda Vester, failed in her pursuit of stardom and was given the run of the Post and Variety to vent her grievances.

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. Challenging that charge, Brokaw wrote, "She often sought me out for informal meetings, including the one she describes in her NY hotel room. However, I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false".

NBC News said late previous year that it was launching a probe into Mr. Lauer's behavior during his long tenure at the network. That move she so vividly describes is NOT WHO I AM. "She has unleashed a torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks on me". She resisted, after which Brokaw left.

On Friday, Brokaw sent a letter to NBC colleagues denying the allegations raised by Linda Vester, calling them "a drive-by shooting" and saying that Vester had a reputation for having "trouble with the truth".

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In the email, Brokaw said, "It is 4:00 am on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism".

Vester said that "no one did a thing", and "there was nothing I could really do or say because I was so low on the totem pole".

He added that as a result of the Post and Variety reports, he was "ambushed and then perp walked" across the outlets' pages, as what he called an "avatar of male misogyny". Brokaw challenged other elements of her account and wrote that Vester "was coy, not frightened, full with office gossip including a recent rumor of an affair. So I left, 23 years later to be stunned by her melodramatic description of the meeting". He allegedly also "pressed his index finger to [her] lips and said, 'This is our compact.'" After that, she said that Brokaw grabbed her head and told her, "Now let me show you how to give a real kiss".

Still, without revealing the woman's name, Curry took her concerns to management at "Today" and NBC. As a private citizen who married a wealthy man, she has been active in social causes but she came to Me:Too late, portraying herself as a den mother.

The Washington Post said NBC is facing "a wave of internal and outside skepticism" over whether it can reform its workplace culture. "She said she tensed up, got free of his grip, and told him, "'Tom...

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