As Tom Brokaw faces allegations of making unwanted sexual advances in the 1990s, more than 70 female journalists have signed a letter supporting the embattled former NBC anchor.
Key names on the letter include NBC and MSNBC anchors and correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow and even Mika Brzezinski, who added her name to the list later via Twitter.
Add me to the list. https://t.co/KpoPznW67m
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 28, 2018
The letter, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, includes former and current females colleagues who have worked with Brokaw, from “producers, correspondents, anchors, directors, executives, researchers, personal assistants, editors and technical staff,” and seeks to share “perspectives on working with” the former longtime NBC anchor.
“Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect,” the letter reads. “He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers. As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.”
Former NBC war correspondent Linda Vester made a series of allegations against Brokaw during an interview with Variety published on Thursday, all of which the former anchor strongly denied.
“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,” Brokaw said in a statement issued by NBC. “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.”