After Tom Brokaw was accused of sexual assault, lots of women who work for NBC News including Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell signed a letter defending him. Now some of the women who signed the letter are saying they felt pressured to do so.
The New York Post reports:
NBC staffers felt pressured to sign letter defending Brokaw
Female staffers at NBC News are complaining they felt under huge pressure to sign the “women’s letter” defending Tom Brokaw against sexual harassment allegations.
After former colleague Linda Vester claimed he “groped and assaulted” her in the ’90s, plus an anonymous assistant alleged he had made unwanted advances, more than 115 women signed the letter hailing the veteran anchor as “a man of tremendous decency and integrity.”
Big names backing Brokaw include Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski, Andrea Mitchell and Maria Shriver. Brokaw angrily denied Vester’s claims, likening them to “a drive by shooting.”
One NBC News staffer said, “We felt forced to sign the letter supporting Brokaw. We had no choice, particularly the lower level staffers.
This looks bad for Tom Brokaw but even worse for NBC News. If these claims are true, do the female staffers now have grounds for a lawsuit? What would have happened to them if they refused to sign the letter?