Brooke Nevils attempted suicide after alleged rape by Matt Lauer, book claims
Matt Lauer accuser Brooke Nevils tried to kill herself and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following her alleged 2014 rape, according to Ronan Farrow‘s new book.
More details emerged about the emotional toll the former NBC News producer endured since filing the complaint that led to Lauer’s termination in 2017.
“Over the past two years, Nevils had attempted suicide,” Farrow wrote in his book, out Tuesday. “She’s been hospitalized for post-traumatic stress disorder, descended into heavy drinking, pulled herself back.”
He added, “She’d lost fourteen pounds. And gone to doctors twenty-one times in a single-month period.”
Nevils, who worked closely with former “Today” show host Meredith Vieira, told Farrow that Lauer anally raped her in a Sochi hotel room during NBC’s 2014 Olympic coverage.
She was publicly identified as Lauer’s rape accuser for the first time in the bombshell book, out Tuesday.
“I’ve lost everything I cared about,” Nevils told Farrow. “My job. My goals.”
Nevils, 35, said she continued her “completely transactional” relationship with the then-married anchor, detailing to Farrow two other sexual encounters she says were also non-consensual.
One time, Lauer “grabbed her hips and fingered her” while she looked for something in his office, while a second time she gave him oral sex in exchange for recording a goodbye message for her then-boyfriend, who was leaving NBC at the time.
“When she asked Lauer for his (video), he told her to come to his office to record it herself. When she arrived, she said, he told her to go down on him,” Farrow wrote.
“I was really upset. I felt terrible,” Nevils recalled in the book. “I was trying to do this nice thing, and I had to give Matt a blow job to get him to film a goodbye video. I just felt sick.”
In a lengthy statement last week, Lauer panned Nevils’ accusations as false and full of contradictions, saying their sexual encounters were consensual.