Ex-NBC staffer who accused Matt Lauer of rape & Ronan Farrow hit back after disgraced anchor rips ‘flawed’ allegations – The Sun
THE former NBC staffer who has accused Matt Lauer of rape has responded to the ex-NBC anchor's attack on journalist Ronan Farrow's reporting.
Brooke Nevils gave a succinct response to Lauer's questioning of Farrow in a tweet on Tuesday.
"DARVO: Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender," she wrote.
The acronym is used to describe the common behavior of people accused of sexual misconduct or wrongdoing.
It was first coined in 1997 by University of Oregon researcher Jennifer Joy Freyd in the peer-reviewed journal Feminism and Psychology.
"The perpetrator or offender may Deny the behavior, Attack the individual doing the confronting, and Reverse the roles of Victim and Offender such that the perpetrator assumes the victim role and turns the true victim – or the whistle-blower – into an alleged offender," Freyd wrote.
Farrow himself took to Twitter to hit back at Lauer on Tuesday night.
"All I'll say on this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong," Farrow said.
"Catch and Kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself."
In October 2019, Farrow published Catch and Kill, a book recounting his investigation of Weinstein, in which Nevils alleges that Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Lauer has since denied the accusation and on Tuesday penned an op-ed of his own slamming Farrow's reporting.
Mediaite published the disgraced anchor's 4,800-word column, in which Lauer accused his former NBC colleague of being biased against the network and called Farrow's writing "deeply flawed" material.
He also said the writer had not confirmed specific accusations against him that were detailed in Catch and Kill.
"From start to finish Ronan is acting as Brooke's advocate, not as a journalist investigating her claims," Lauer wrote.
"I believe Ronan knew his work on Catch and Kill would receive little in the way of scrutiny, from the very beginning.
"It's the only way to explain why he was so willing to abandon common sense and true fact checking in favor of salacious, and deeply flawed, material."
Lauer said he re-reported the allegations against him and claims there are holes in Farrow's story, a claim asserted by New York Times journalist Ben Smith in a piece published on Monday titled 'Is Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?'.
Lauer rose to prominence as the co-anchor of NBC's Today Show in 1994, where he remained for nearly 25 years before the network fired him in November 2017 over sexual harassment and abuse allegations.
The disgraced anchor was among several prominent firings prompted by sexual misconduct allegations detailed in Farrow's bombshell New Yorker expose that took down film producer Harvey Weinstein.
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