Linda Vester had a reputation for covering tough stories.
Tv anchor sexual harassment a series of interviews with Variety conducted over several months, Vester alleged that Brokaw physically tried to force her to kiss him on two separate occasions, groped her in a NBC conference room and showed Tv anchor sexual harassment at her hotel room uninvited.
Two friends who Vester told at the time corroborated her story with Varietyand she shared her journal entries from the time period. Brokaw, who has been married to Meredith Auld sincehas never before been publicly accused of sexual harassment.
She comes forward at her own expense and at her
Tv anchor sexual harassment peril. By her being willing to go on the record, perhaps this will embolden other brave women to tell their stories. When was interviewing at NBC, the network offered me a job where I could work my way up through the ranks. They started me as a researcher, then a field producer, then I Tv anchor sexual harassment sent to the NBC Tampa affiliate to get more on-air experience.
We were in the Denver bureau, and there was a conference room. Nobody acted like anything wrong was happening, but I was humiliated. He was the most powerful man at the network, and I was the most junior person, reporting for an entirely different show. It was really out of the blue.
There was a culture at NBC News, in my experience, where women who raise questions about misconduct get labeled as troublemakers. It can torpedo your career. I had just been hired full-time, and I wanted to be able to do my job. I did my best to collect myself and get on with my work.
But I know when he assaulted me, which was the first week of January in And I was sitting at a borrowed desk, when I received a computer message from Tom Brokaw asking me what I was doing that night. But when the most powerful man at the network sends you a computer message, you answer him.
I replied that I had checked out of my hotel and I was going to catch the last shuttle back to D. He asked me about staying in New York to have drinks. At this point, my antennae went up. Then I wrote a line that tried more pointedly to make him aware that what he was doing was questionable.
This is in my journal. I got really scared, Tv anchor sexual harassment I called my best friend, who was a producer in the Washington bureau, and I read her all the messages out loud. I took a cab to the airport to catch the shuttle to D.
So I took a cab back to the Essex House, checked back in, put the phone onto my lap Tv anchor sexual harassment started Tv anchor sexual harassment calls. received three calls that night. One was from a friend. Another was from a source. And the third was from Tom Brokaw. He said he was coming over to order milk and cookies. I Tv anchor sexual harassment powerless to say no. He could ruin my career. I went cold inside and started shaking.
And Tv anchor sexual harassment felt trapped because he was undeterred by I had said before. I called my friend again, and I
Tv anchor sexual harassment scared out of my mind. I open the door. walked past me Tv anchor sexual harassment sat down on the sofa in my suite. I said nothing Tv anchor sexual harassment him. He was sitting, and I Tv anchor sexual harassment standing across the coffee table from him approximately four feet away.
Now I could feel myself trembling. I struggled for what to say, trying not to offend a man that could end my career. Tom patted the Tv anchor sexual harassment, where he intended for me to sit. I sat down, and I was so afraid, I jammed myself up against the back of the sofa and I grabbed a throw pillow, because Tv anchor sexual harassment was trying to signal to him with my body Tv anchor sexual harassment that I was both frightened and unwilling.
Just to be sure I was getting the message across, I brought up a case of sexual harassment that had happened in the Washington D. He
Tv anchor sexual harassment me behind my neck
Tv anchor sexual harassment tried to force me to kiss him.
I was shocked to feel the amount of force and his full strength on me. I could smell alcohol on breath, but he was totally sober. He was in control of his faculties. I stood at the door shaking for a long time, and I called my friend and told her I was safe. Tv anchor sexual harassment told her exactly what had happened — every word — and she stayed on the phone with me for a while.
And then, eventually, I wrote down everything that had happened in my journal and fell asleep. The next day, I got on a plane back to D.
I felt like I had to call him, not because I wanted to, but because he was so powerful. But I do remember he was engaging in verbal gymnastics to try to what had happened the night before in such a way as to make it sound like it started out as consensual. I did not assent to this revision of events.
Shortly after, I moved to London. In
Tv anchor sexual harassment was the 50 th anniversary of VE Day, and all the Tv anchor sexual harassment were working on reports for different coverage.
But I had my laptop with me, and I got a computer message from him asking what everyone was doing that night. Tv anchor sexual harassment, I answered his question honestly. I said the name of the restaurant. But he did, and then he invited himself to my flat. I remember Tv anchor sexual harassment my door to Tv anchor sexual harassment flat and turning on the lights and Tom walking past me.
He sits down in my living room and asks for drinks. I got two glasses of tap water and set them down on the table. He Tv anchor sexual harassment bragging about himself and particularly bragging about
Tv anchor sexual harassment he was such close friends with Bob Redford.
He pats the sofa. As I sit, reluctantly again, I look down at his hands and I made a mental note of how swollen Tv anchor sexual harassment knuckles were, a reminder of just how much older than me he was.
In the same exact way as inhe reached behind my neck tried to force my head toward him and force me to kiss him. I broke Tv anchor sexual harassment again. Even though I know I was not in any way at fault in what happened to me with Brokaw, I still suffered years of humiliation and isolation. She says it was as a victim […].
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