But he also refuted NBC’s stance that it only learned of sexual misconduct allegations against Lauer when Brooke Nevils came forward in November 2017, prompting the anchor’s termination.
“This is not what the reporting in the book suggests. We spent several years reporting this out, extensively fact-checking it,” Farrow told George Stephanopoulos. “What we show in this book with the paper trail with documents is that there were multiple secret settlements and nondisclosures being struck with women at NBC.”
“But those were after the fact,” Stephanopoulos interrupted.
Farrow replied, “Nope. Years before. Over a period of six to seven years. A period in which NBC had previously denied any settlements –”
“On Matt Lauer?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“There were seven nondisclosure agreements, multiple ones of those with Matt Lauer accusers,” Farrow responded. “This is years before this incident with Brooke Nevils and the firing and I spoke to senior executives who were told about those earlier incidents.”
The Peacock Network has been rocked by allegations that Lauer raped Nevils, a former producer, in 2014. Nevils’ account emerged earlier this week in an excerpt of Farrow’s upcoming book.
NBC Chief Andy Lack issued a lengthy response, accusing Farrow of painting a “fundamentally untrue picture” and claiming the network was in the dark about the then-married “Today” show host’s alleged sexual misconduct.
“The first moment we learned of it was the night of November 27, 2017, and he was fired in 24 hours,” Lack wrote in an internal memo. “Any suggestion that we knew prior to that evening or tried to cover up any aspect of Lauer’s conduct is absolutely false and offensive.”