Tom Brokaw, the longtime NBC News anchor, slammed a woman who accused him of sex crimes in an angry email rant.
His former colleague has accused him of groping and harassing her.
Brokaw angrily rejected the claims of the woman, Linda Vester, a former correspondent at NBC News and Fox News. “I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety,” Mr. Brokaw wrote, referring to the news organizations that on Thursday night published Ms. Vester’s account.
Boo hoo hoo. It sounds more like he got what he deserved.
He added, of his accuser, “Hard to believe it wasn’t much more Look At Me than Me:Too.”
What a jerk.
In the news reports, Ms. Vester described Mr. Brokaw tickling her in a conference room, asking her to drinks and, on two occasions in New York and London, inviting himself to her hotel room. There, she said, he grabbed her and tried to force her to kiss him.
She said that the encounters had left her feeling humiliated and isolated, and that she had been scared to report Mr. Brokaw’s behavior, fearful it could wreck her career.
At the time, Ms. Vester was among the youngest correspondents at NBC News, and Mr. Brokaw, who has been married since 1962, was the most powerful figure in the news division.
A lawyer for Ms. Vester, Ari Wilkenfeld, told the New York Times that she “stands by the allegations, which speak for themselves.”
Amazingly, several NBC stars — including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell and Stephanie Ruhle — signed a public letter on Friday vouching for him as “a man of tremendous decency and integrity.”
The letter supporting Mr. Brokaw was organized by a former producer, Elizabeth Bowyer, and signed by more than 60 of Mr. Brokaw’s former and current female colleagues.
No doubt many women at NBC still fear him.
The claims about Mr. Brokaw shook an NBC news division still reeling from the ouster in November of sex criminal Matt Lauer, the star “Today” show anchor, after numerous women at the network accused him of sexual harassment.