Apr 27, 2018

Tom Brokaw accused of sexual misconduct

Tom Brokaw. Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester has accused former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw of unwanted sexual advances, according to an exclusive video from Variety.

Why it matters: NBC was hit by the #MeToo movement when "Today Show" co-host Matt Lauer was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. Vester says she was "groped and assaulted" by Brokaw, a legendary name in news.

"Much of my work for NBC was going to war zones, and being in positions of real danger...and had some transient PTSD. But it was not a fraction of the PTSD I have suffered from this, and it's really important that employers get that, and NBC gets that."
— Vester

The details: Per Variety, Vester alleges that Brokaw "physically tried to force her to kiss him on two seperate occasions, groper her...and showed up at her hotel room uninvited," and says that she was "deeply traumatized."

  • Brokaw denied the allegations, Variety reported, saying that he met with her "on two occasions," and the meetings "were brief, cordial and appropriate."
  • The Washington Post reports that another woman alleges that Brokaw "acted inappropriately toward her" in the 1990s.

Go deeper: Watch Vester's full account at Variety.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

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The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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