Two women are accusing veteran newsman Tom Brokaw of workplace sexual harassment two decades ago when he was the anchor of NBC "Nightly News".
"We were in the Denver bureau, and there was a conference room. I’m standing there, and Tom Brokaw enters through the door and grabs me from behind and proceeds to tickle me up and down my waist. I jumped a foot and I looked at a guy who was the senior editor of “Nightly,” and his jaw was hanging open. Nobody acted like anything wrong was happening, but I was humiliated. I didn’t know Brokaw other than to say hello in the hall. He was the most powerful man at the network, and I was the most junior person, reporting for an entirely different show. It was really out of the blue."-Linda Vester
Former NBC correspondent Linda Vester said Brokaw made unwanted sexual advances on her twice in the 1990s. She said she didn’t report the alleged incidents for fear of retribution. Brokaw denied the allegations in a statement issued by NBC: “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago, because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC. The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other.”
The Washington Post added that another unidentified woman told the paper that Brokaw also acted inappropriately toward her in the ’90s, when she was a young production assistant. He also denied that claim.
Brokaw exited as "Nightly News" anchor in 2004 but has remained as a contributor to NBC News, most recently covering the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush.
Today’s news comes nearly five months after NBC fired longtime Today anchor Matt Lauer following an in-house investigation into a raft of sexual-harassment allegations made against him. In a memo to staffers at the time, NBC News chief Andy Lack noted Lauer’s “appalling behavior.”