Everything to Know About Brooke Nevils, the Emmy-Nominated Producer Accusing Matt Lauer of Rape
PeopleBrooke Nevils claims in Ronan Farrow’s new book that Matt Lauer raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics
In Variety‘s copy of Ronan Farrow‘s new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Nevils describes the incident in detail and reveals that she reported the encounter to NBC afterward. In 2017, the network fired Lauer from his position on Today. At the time, Nevils’ identity was kept anonymous at her request; this is the first time the full details of her allegations have been made public.
PEOPLE is out to Nevils and Lauer for comment. Lauer denied raping Nevils in a lengthy letter to Variety, saying he had an “extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter” with her.
According to an interview she conducted with Arts & Sciences Magazine while she still worked at NBC, Nevils, a Missouri native, graduated from John’s Hopkins University in 2007 with a double major in political science and the Writing Seminars. After college, she began her career as a page for NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
As a page, Nevil’s job was to greet the celebrity guests and get them to the set on time for their interview. Her most memorable day on the job, as she explains in her interview, came when Robert De Niro arrived on set.
Nevils recalled that De Niro’s manager told her that the Oscar winner’s wallet had been left in the cab: “I can’t leave Bobby, you gotta get it back for me,” said. After making nonstop calls and tracking down countless cabs, Nevils managed to recover De Niro’s wallet.
After her position as a page expired, Nevils moved onto a 10-month post as personal assistant to Today Show host Meredith Vieira. Her daily tasks were to fetch lunch and run errands, as well as gather research for the famous journalist and help her prep for interviews.