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Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor
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04-27-2018, 07:22 AM #1
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Linda Vester had a reputation for covering tough stories. As a war correspondent for NBC News in the ’90s, she spent three tours of duty in the Middle East and took two assignments in Africa.

But as it turned out, her biggest battle at work wasn’t in the field. She says it was as a victim of sexual harassment by Tom Brokaw, the legendary newsman who manned the anchor desk for “NBC Nightly News” for 22 years and hosted “Today” and “Meet the Press.”

In a series of interviews with Variety conducted over several months, Vester alleged that Brokaw physically tried to force her to kiss him on two separate occasions, groped her in a NBC conference room and showed up at her hotel room uninvited. Two friends who Vester told at the time corroborated her story with Variety, and she shared her journal entries from the time period. Brokaw, who has been married to Meredith Auld since 1962, has never before been publicly accused of sexual harassment.

In a statement from him supplied by a NBC News spokesman, Brokaw said of the allegations, “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.”

Vester, who was 28 at the time of the alleged incident, says she didn’t report Brokaw’s conduct to the police or NBC human resources because she was scared it would end her career. She left NBC in 1999 and went on to anchor her own show on Fox News through 2006.

She’s speaking out now, because she believes her story sheds light on the culture at NBC News, where she believes male bosses treated their female colleagues as objects. After “Today” co-host Matt Lauer was fired for inappropriate conduct involving an NBC employee last November, NBC launched an internal review of its practices but didn’t bring in an outside firm to investigate — a step Vester believes is necessary to fix NBC’s culture.

“What Linda is doing, like others before her have done, is to give her truthful account in the hope that other women will not have to endure what she did,” says Ari Wilkenfeld, her attorney, who also represented one of the victims of Lauer’s sexual harassment. “Linda is literally seeking nothing for herself. She comes forward at her own expense and at her own peril. By her being willing to go on the record, perhaps this will embolden other brave women to tell their stories.”

Here’s Vester’s story in her own words and in the video above. (Note: the testimony below has been edited and condensed from several lengthy conversations with Vester, but does not include the video testimony posted here.)

04-27-2018, 07:25 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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damned.gif Woah... I haven't even finished my first cup of espresso and I have to think about this?

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04-27-2018, 07:28 AM #3
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Another #metoo career end.
04-27-2018, 08:00 AM #4
Richie Incognito
This behavior seems to be the rule not the exception in these old school people, I wonder how many fresh faces still operate like this?
04-27-2018, 11:17 AM #5
Strigoi Diavolul
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I know who he is. damned.gif Heads are rolling.

Un Strigoi printre noi
04-27-2018, 12:18 PM #6
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(04-27-2018, 08:00 AM)Richie Wrote:  This behavior seems to be the rule not the exception in these old school people, I wonder how many fresh faces still operate like this?

That sick MO used to go on more than it does now, but it's still there, in the music and entertainment industries for example.
04-27-2018, 01:52 PM #7
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Just read he... of course... denies anything inappropriate occurred. 15.gif


04-27-2018, 06:22 PM #8
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Didn't Cosby say that?
04-27-2018, 06:36 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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(04-27-2018, 06:22 PM)RLK Wrote:  Didn't Cosby say that?

Yeah, but he still paid his accuser $3.4 million coffeetime.gif
04-27-2018, 06:54 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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Drain the swamp!!!
04-27-2018, 08:33 PM #11
Kreeper Griobhtha
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He sexually harassed me and I was so traumatized by it that I took 20 years to complain.

Three tours in Iraq and two in Africa and she couldn't handle him making a comment?

What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
04-27-2018, 08:43 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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If she had complained 20 years ago we would never have heard about it and her career would have died, just as she feared.

You are apparently not very familiar with the mechanisms involved in the psychological response to abuse.
04-27-2018, 08:49 PM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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Why Don't Victims of Sexual Harassment Come Forward Sooner?

04-27-2018, 11:32 PM #14
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(04-27-2018, 06:54 PM)Octo Wrote:  Drain the swamp!!!


I'm not in the line of work where I encounter sexual harassment much and my spiked bat is a wonderful deterrent.

All kidding aside, I don't have a spiked bat but I can defend myself in undisclosed manners.
04-28-2018, 12:33 AM #15
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wave.gif You seem like you're off work early and drinking Adde. coffeetime.gif bob.gif



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