MSNBC anchors defend Tom Brokaw against sexual harassment accusations

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The Washington Post and Variety reported the charges by Linda Vester, a former NBC News and Fox News Channel correspondent.

Vester was a young reporter at NBC when, she alleges, Brokaw harassed her in the early 1990s.

The report additionally detailed the claims of an nameless girl who informed the outlet Brokaw allegedly acted inappropriately towards her throughout her time as a manufacturing assistant within the 1990s.

"I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her", Brokaw said. Vester, who had reported from the Middle East and covered the Gulf War for NBC, was 28 when she was in Colorado in 1993 with Brokaw to cover Pope John Paul II's visit to the U.S. Bowyer previously worked for Brokaw and NBC News producing the "Tom Brokaw Reports" documentary series.

Brokaw said he never sought an affair, and that Vester had approached him for advice. "I was shocked to feel the amount of force and his full strength on me". He also described helping Ms. Vester secure a job at Fox News by recommending her to the network's then-chairman, Roger E. Ailes.

In a statement to The Post, Vester's lawyer said that "my client stands by the allegations which speak for themselves".

Wilkenfeld also represents the woman whose sexual misconduct claims against former "Today" host Matt Lauer led to Lauer's dismissal from NBC a year ago.

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"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", Curry added.

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

In his memo Friday, Mr. Lack said the review-led by NBC General Counsel Kim Harris, whom he said "has extensive experience in conducting reviews of this kind"-is nearing its conclusion, with findings to be shared as soon as next week".

Brokaw said that the accuser, Linda Vester, often sought him out on informal meetings, including the one she described in her NY hotel room.

Despite the mounting accusations, Lauer still denies wrongdoing, according to the insider.

But Brokaw, 78 and married since 1962, rejected Vester's accounts of what happened between them.

They've made a decision to come out in show of supporting him against the allegations because "he has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers". They wrote that they know Brokaw "to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity".

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