The Washington Post reported tonight that former NBC correspondent Linda Fester said Brokaw made unwanted sexual advances on her twice in the 1990s. She said she didn’t report the alleged incidents for fear of retribution. Brokaw denied the allegations in a statement issued by NBC: “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago, because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC,” he says in the statement, per WaPo. “The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other.”
The Post added that another unidentified woman told the paper that Brokaw also acted inappropriately toward her in the ’90s, when she was a young production assistant. He also denied that claim.
Brokaw exited as Nightly News anchor in 2004 but has remained as a contributor to NBC News, most recently covering the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush.
Today’s news comes nearly five months after NBC fired longtime Today anchor Matt Lauer following an in-house investigation into a raft of sexual-harassment allegations made against him. In a memo to staffers at the time, NBC News chief Andy Lack noted Lauer’s “appalling behavior.”