Tom Brokaw is the latest journalist to be accused of sexual harassment. Two women who once worked with him have publicly come out to make the claims.
The Washington Post published the report on April 26, 2018. Former NBC correspondent, Linda Vester, is one of the women who has brought the claims.
Tom Brokaw, 78, has been with NBC since he started anchoring the Today show in 1976. Brokaw has been married to wife his wife, Meredith Auld, since 1962
Former NBC correspondent, Linda Vester, claimed that the journalist made unwanted advances at her. She also accused him of trying to forcibly kiss her, on two occasions in the 1990s.
At the time of these incidents, Vester was 28 and didn’t file a complaint. Brokaw issued a statement in response admitting that he had met with Vester on two occasions but he denied her claims.
Pop Culture reported that Vester claimed Brokaw once invited himself to her hotel room in New York City. She said at the time she had felt powerless to refuse him because he could’ve ended her career.
She described the events of that day saying Brokaw put his hand behind her neck and gripped her head. “Now let me show you how to give a real kiss,” Vester recalled.
According to the former NBC correspondent, he jerked her head toward him and she remembered tensing her neck muscles and using all her strength to wriggle free and stand up. She wrote, “I said told him she didn’t want to kiss him.
‘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.’
Tom Brokaw, The Washington Post, April 26, 2018
Brokaw sat silent for a few minutes before announcing that he thought he should go, to which she nodded vigorously. The next day, he tried to make the incident appear as though it was consensual but Vester disagreed.
The second incident between the two occurred in London. Vester later worked at Fox News and then left the business.
Variety published an interview with Vester where she shared her journal entries from the time period. The second accuser is an anonymous woman who worked as a production assistant in the 90s.
She also claimed that Brokaw had acted inappropriately toward her. This accusation was also denied by Brokaw.
Vester’s attorney, Ari Wilkenfeld, said in a statement that her client came forward to share her truthful account in the hopes that other women wouldn’t have to endure what she did. Brokaw was the anchor desk for NBC Nightly News for 22 years.
He’s the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs: the Today show, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press. The journalist currently serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News.