In the latest sexual harassment case involving a celebrity, legendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women. Last month, former NBC correspondent Linda Vester and another woman came forward saying Brokaw acted “inappropriately” towards them in the mid-1990s. The following week, a third woman said Brokaw made an unwanted advance towards her 50 years ago. Brokaw has denied the claims and nearly 100 women have spoken out in support of the beloved news anchor.
Female News Hosts Stand in Support of Brokaw
This case is important for numerous reasons, but namely, because it highlights the importance of not being irresponsible with accusations against people. Last week, nearly 65 female media professionals signed a public letter in support of Brokaw, reading: “As professional women, we fully endorse the conversation around the abuse of power in the workplace. In the context of that conversation, we would like to share our perspectives on working with Tom Brokaw.” The letter continued, “Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect. We know how to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.” Several of the well-known women speaking out in support of Brokaw include popular cable news hosts Rachel Maddow and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell of NBC.
Brokaw Denies Any Misconduct
Brokaw has been outspoken about the allegations, denying any misconduct vehemently. In an email published by the Hollywood Reporter, Brokaw began: “It is 4:00 am on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism. I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship.” The email goes on to recount his own version of his interactions with the accusers, stating that he did indeed meet with Vester, but only upon her request and in an effort to help her career.
Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have brought sexual harassment into the spotlight and impacted numerous current and former colleagues of Brokaw. While the former NBC anchor says outright that he is “not a perfect person”, these sexual misconduct allegations are simply untrue.
Attorney Janovsky is a leading Dallas sexual harassment and assault attorney that stands in support of victims of sexual misconduct in Texas and throughout the nation. However, it is important that we recognize there may be some irresponsible accusations against prominent figures. Researching the allegations and looking at the facts is a must. If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed or treating inappropriately, please give Attorney Janovsky a call today. She can help anyone who has been the victim of sexual harassment and assault in Dallas. Raising awareness about sexual harassment is an important part of our practice and we will continue to speak out in support of victims everywhere. To learn more about this commitment or about how we can help you fight against your harasser, please contact Janovsky & Associates.