NBC's Lack: Review of Lauer scandal near completion

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Additionally, 64 women colleagues of Brokaw have signed a collective letter defending his honor, saying that they have all been treated with fairness and respect by the man and that he "has been a valued source of counsel and support. He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers", the letter states. They wrote that they know Brokaw "to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity".

But it was published on Friday - an extraordinary defense of his character and a repudiation of the sexual harassment allegations made by former NBC colleague Linda Vester.

Former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester accuses Brokaw of forced kissing, a groping incident in a conference room and an uninvited appearance at her hotel room, all during the 1990s while he was the anchor of NBC's Nightly News. He did not detail the conversation that Vester claimed took place but said that "as that discussion advanced she often reminded me she was Catholic and that she was uncomfortable with my presence". "And at that point, he took the same hand, reached behind my head and tried to force me to kiss him".

In his memo to NBC News staffers, Lack acknowledges the Brokaw accusations and the former anchor's denial, without directly commenting on them.

Brokaw's Friday letter asserted that he played a key role in introducing Vester to Fox News boss Roger Ailes, who later hired her.

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told employees that a "substantial culture assessment was underway at the network in the wake of the allegations. I'm standing there, and Tom Brokaw enters through the door and grabs me from behind and proceeds to tickle me up and down my waist", she told Variety.

An NBC spokesman told The Washington Post there is no record of Curry's complaint and it was not noted in Lauer's personnel file. "I think it's a different time".

"She has unleashed a torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks on me more than twenty years after I opened the door for her and a new job at Fox News", Brokaw said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by CNNMoney.

Bowyer previously worked for Brokaw and NBC News producing the "Tom Brokaw Reports" documentary series.

In the letter, Brokaw said "I am not a ideal person". "They're afraid they won't be believed and they're afraid that there will be some kind of retaliation".

Lauer was sacked by NBC in November after he was accused by a colleague of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".

Brokaw denies the claims.

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