MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell defend Brokaw amid harassment allegations

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The allegation against Mr. Brokaw comes as NBC News, a division of Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, is still reeling from the exit of Matt Lauer, who was sacked in November as lead anchor of its morning show "Today" after a network staffer accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Savannah Guthrie anchored tonight's newscast, filling in for Lester Holt, with Kate Snow reporting on their longtime colleague.

In keeping with The Washington Put up, Brokaw, now 78, allegedly made undesirable strikes on Linda Vester, a former NBC correspondent and former Fox Information anchor, twice through the 1990s, together with an alleged transfer to forcibly kiss Vester, who was in her 20s on the time.

She told the Post that "the implication of his invitation" was clear.

"The same report included claims against Matt Lauer".

Variety reported that Vester's friends corroborated her story, as did contemporaneous journal entries.

As for the hotel room visit, Brokaw said "I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction". Brokaw wrote that Vester sought him out for the meeting in the NY hotel room, a characterization she rejects.

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The second account of sexual misconduct against Brokaw comes from an anonymous former production assistant, who was 24 at the time.

Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell were among the current and former colleagues of Tom Brokaw that signed a letter defending him against recent allegations of sexual harassment. "I believed her", she explained. He asked her how her job search was going, she said, and then asked her to come to his office for coffee later to talk about it.

Throughout the letter, Brokaw depicted Vester as a disgruntled ex-employee who left NBC "angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom".

Vester told the Post she does not intend to sue Brokaw or NBC. I have issues from those two meetings 20 years ago?' Brokaw wrote. Brokaw was the anchor of "NBC Nightly Information" on the time. He referred to Vester as a "character assassin".

"Given events in the news, Mr. Brokaw did not want to distract from the intended and most important focus of the day - our graduating students and their families", Petillo added in the statement.

Former war reporter Linda Vester accused veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct in incidents taking place when the two worked together in the early 1990s. "As you know, since the week we terminated Matt's employment, NBC Universal has been conducting a review", he continues.

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