Ronan Farrow: Meredith Vieria blamed herself for not protecting Matt Lauer accuser

Meredith Vieira “blamed herself” for not doing more to protect her former NBC colleague Brooke Nevils from “Today” co-host Matt Lauer‘s alleged predatory behavior, according to Ronan Farrow‘s new tome “Catch and Kill.”

The on-air personality was “distraught” when her former assistant — Nevils — came to her apartment in 2017 and alleged that she had been raped by a co-worker, according to the book.

As Nevils began to recall the alleged assault, Vieira interjected to ask her one-time staffer, “It’s Matt, isn’t it?”

“I was thinking about it and he was the only one with enough power over you to do that,” Vieira said, according to the book.

Nevils had traveled with Vieira to Sochi to cover the 2014 Olympics where the pair met up with Lauer at the hotel bar, the book says.

She told Farrow that later in the evening — after she and Vieira retreated back to their respective rooms — Lauer invited her back to his hotel room.

Unaware that his invite was a come-on, she arrived to Lauer in a T-shirt and boxers, then was pushed by him onto the bed, where he anally raped her, the book alleges.

They continued to meet up after they returned to New York but Nevils said the encounters were “transactional.”

It wasn’t until years later that another “Today” colleague — who claimed she had her own experience with Lauer — urged her to turn to Vieira, according to the book.

But Vieira “blamed herself for not doing more protect Nevils, and feared there were more victims,” the book claims.

“Think of all the other women I’ve gotten jobs there,” Vieira said to Nevils, who kept apologizing, according to the book.

Vieira encouraged Nevils to file a formal complaint with NBC’s office of human resources. The meeting led to Lauer’s dismissal in 2017.

Lauer has denied Nevils’ allegations in a lengthy statement that claims the relationship was consensual.

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