Matt Lauer’s Accuser Won’t Back Down After The Former ‘Today’ Host Denies Rape Claims
Matt Lauer’s accuser, Brooke Nevils, is not backing down on her rape claims. After the disgraced Today host claimed that his sexual encounters with Nevils were consensual, she doubled down on the allegations and blasted Lauer for “victim blaming.” Lauer has yet to respond to her latest comments, but how does his ex-wife, Annette Roque, feel about the scandal?
A look at Matt Lauer’s rape charges
Nevils, a former employee with NBC News, recently made headlines after her interview was featured in Ronan Farrow’s new book, titled Catch and Kill.
In the book, Nevils says that Lauer anally raped her while they were working in Sochi, Russia in the 2014 Olympics.
According to The Blast, Nevils told NBC about the rape, and her complaint was initially what got Lauer fired from Today.
Following his departure, Nevils released a statement through her former employer about how fans of the show do not know who Matt Lauer really is off-screen. She also accused Lauer of trying to bully people into silence.
“His open letter was a case study in victim blaming,” she stated. “I am not afraid of him now, regardless of his threats, bullying, and the shaming and predatory tactics I knew he would (and now has) tried to use against me.”
While Lauer continues to deny the rape allegations, Nevils recently took to Twitter to thank everyone for their continued support. She also thanked all of the other women who have come forward with stories of their own.
There was a mixed reaction to Nevils’s tweet, with some fans expressing their support and others questioning the validity of her accusations.
But as far as Lauer’s former co-host, Ann Curry, is concerned, Nevils is a credible person. In fact, Curry recently backed up Nevils’s claims by assuring viewers that she is trustworthy.
Nevils steps out for rare public appearance
While Nevils continues to make headlines, she was recently spotted out in public with her partner. The two were getting out of a car outside of her apartment in the Upper West Side when reporters asked for a comment.
Nevils politely told the press that she did not want to say anything about the rape allegations.
Following his exit from Today, Matt Lauer has remained out of the public eye. He also experienced a devastating divorce from his wife of over two decades, Annette Roque.
After years of deliberation, the estranged couple finalized their divorce in September. Throughout the course of their 20-year marriage, Roque and Lauer had three children: Jack, Romy, and Thijs.
Although Lauer says he did not rape Nevils, he has confessed that they had sex while he was married.
Lauer’s infidelity was a big reason why Roque called it quits on the marriage. Roque would like nothing more than to put the entire scandal behind her, but Farrow’s book has put everything back in the spotlight.
Annette Roque and Matt Lauer speak out
In light of the renewed rape claims, Lauer’s former wife is finally opening up about the demise of their marriage.
Roque released a statement this week through her lawyers, reiterating that she is now divorced from Lauer and wants nothing to do with the drama. She also stated that her only focus at the moment is raising her three children.
According to Page Six, Lauer has also released a statement following the revelations in Farrow’s book. The former television host, who was booted from Today two years ago, completely denied Nevils’s claims.
He also assured everyone that the stories mentioned in the book are nothing new and are being recycled to drag his name through the mud once again.
Matt Lauer then revealed that he has chosen to remain silent for the sake of his children and that the latest allegations forced him to come out of the shadows.
“It’s outrageous,” Lauer shared. “So, after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say ‘enough.’”
Lauer was fired towards the end of 2014 after several women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations. He even reportedly had a button under his desk that could close and lock his office. The disgraced host, of course, recently said that such a button did not exist and was only used to shut his door, not lock it.
Amid the renewed drama, Matt Lauer is reportedly looking to get back into television, though exactly how he plans to do so have yet to be revealed.