Tom Brokaw, in Email, Angrily Denies Harassment Claim

Tom Brokaw is being accused of making inappropriate and unwanted advances... on 2 female co-workers in separate incidents in the 1990s

Tom Brokaw is being accused of making inappropriate and unwanted advances... on 2 female co-workers in separate incidents in the 1990s

Brokaw, the letter says, "has treated each of us with fairness and respect".

Maria Shriver, Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O'Donnell, Anne Thompson and Kristen Welker are among the women who put their names to the letter.

Brokaw has denied the allegations and attempted to counter each of her claims in the letter he sent to NBC colleagues.

Ms. Vester, in a video interview on Variety's website, said Mr. Brokaw "grabbed me behind my neck and tried to force me to kiss him".

Brokaw earlier Friday denied the allegations in a statement provided to reporters by NBC. In a note to colleagues on Friday, he compared the accusations to a "drive by shooting". In it, he said, "I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety ... taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship".

Vester detailed to the Washington Post and Variety allegations that Brokaw sexually harassed her and attempted to forcibly kiss her at least two times in the 1990s. "Even though I know I was not in any way at fault in what happened to me with Brokaw, I still suffered years of humiliation and isolation", Vester said. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. "I think it's a different time".

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Lack also said NBC has conducted "a substantial culture assessment with hundreds of employees" and is running mandatory workplace training sessions. Vester told the Post and Variety that Brokaw, in both London and NY, grabbed the back of her neck and pulled her in forcefully in an attempt to kiss her.

"This is one of the problems when we talk about corporations with an HR department being under leadership of someone who might or might not be accused", she told the Post.

"We are current and former colleagues of Tom's, who have worked with him over a period spanning four decades", the letter said. "They're afraid they won't be believed and they're afraid that there will be some kind of retaliation".

In a statement to The Post, Lauer "fully" acknowledged that he acted "inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC". He could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Tom Brokaw, the former news anchor who was accused of allegedly making unwanted sexual advances against multiple women in the 1990s, has reportedly dropped out as the commencement speaker for Sacred Heart University.

The Post story was part of a broader examination of sexual harassment issues within NBC News.

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