Brokaw-Accuser Linda Vester: NBC’s Sexual Harassment Investigation Was ‘Deeply Flawed’
Former NBC News anchor and Tom Brokaw accuser Linda Vester calls NBC’s internal report on sexual harassment “deeply flawed”: “Women have contacted me in recent days to say that they did not feel that they could fully speak candidly to the NBC lawyers” https://t.co/TxR7fJwhBy pic.twitter.com/PZUyP2e84D
— New Day (@NewDay) May 15, 2018
Former NBC anchor Linda Vester says she has heard from several former colleagues who apparently agree that the network’s internal investigation on sexual harassment is “deeply flawed.”
Lester, one of the three women accusing Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment, spoke to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday about NBC’s recent internal report on harassment. The network arrived at the conclusion that its news division had no sexual misconduct problems beyond ex-Today show host Matt Lauer.
Vester, who has previously criticized NBC’s investigation for being conducted internally, made the case that such a probe is inherently flawed:
“I think the internal report was deeply flawed. That’s a problem, because women have contacted me in recent days to say that they did not feel that they could fully speak candidly to the NBC lawyers, and others have contacted me to say that they didn’t feel that they were properly interviewed. When you have an internal investigation, when you’re talking to the lawyers for the company that signs your paycheck, women can’t speak freely and that was the case here.”
The former anchor went on to say that NBC needs to hire outside investigators, just like other news outlets did when their big name figures were accused of sexually-inappropriate behavior.
“I don’t understand why NBC isn’t doing this,” Vester said, “but I think it can and it should.”
Watch above, via CNN.
[Image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? [email protected]