Tom Brokaw Denies Sexual Misconduct Claim by Ex-NBC Reporter

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Tom Brokaw says he did not intend for this "rough draft" of a letter to be widely read.

"We are current and former colleagues of Tom's, who have worked with him over a period spanning four decades", they continued.

Brokaw was writing in response to stories in The Post and Variety in which a former NBC correspondent, Linda Vester, alleged that Brokaw sexually harassed her in the 1990s on two separate occasions, once in NY and once in London. He "pressed his index finger to my lips and said, 'This is our compact, '" according to Vester's diary entry from the time. "And at that point, he took the same hand, reached behind my head and tried to force me to kiss him".

The allegation against Mr. Brokaw comes as NBC News, a division of Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, is still reeling from the exit of Matt Lauer, who was sacked in November as lead anchor of its morning show "Today" after a network staffer accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

He has denied all of the accusations in opposition to him.

Several news organizations on Friday published a letter from Brokaw to colleagues.

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Vester's attorney Ari Wilkenfeld said: "My client stands by the allegations, which speak for themselves".

After her time at NBC, during which Vester worked for the station in Washington, London, Chicago and NY, where she would latterly be an anchor on NBC News at Sunrise and MSNBC, the journalist was poached by Fox News. She resisted, after which Brokaw left.

"Back then had she reported something like this, I don't think anyone would've blinked", said Sarah Ellison of The Washington Post. "However, I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false". He said that more than 1,600 NBC News employees have received mandatory workplace training, and there's still more to be done. She told the Post Brokaw put her hands against his chest, pulled her closer and then invited her to later come to his office.

She told Variety that despite not being at fault, she "suffered years of humiliation and isolation" from the incidents. Neither women reported the incidents at the time. The new sexual harassment complaints are the latest against high-profile media figures, including former "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose, fired by CBS in November. "He was the most powerful man at the network, and I was the most junior person", she said. "They're afraid they won't be believed and they're afraid that there will be some kind of retaliation".

After Today show host Matt Lauer was sacked past year, Lack said at the time that an internal review was underway to determine "what happened and what we can do to build a culture of greater transparency, openness and respect for each other". He could not be reached for comment on Friday.