Ronan Farrow has defended himself after Matt Lauer wrote a scathing column accusing him of ‘shoddy journalism’.

Farrow said the disgraced Today show host – who was accused of rape in his book Catch and Kill – is ‘just wrong’ in his assessment.

‘Catch and Kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself,’ Farrow wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile Brooke Nevils, the woman who detailed her accusations of rape against Lauer to Farrow, also took to Twitter to defend herself. ‘DARVO’, she wrote – using an acronym for the behavior of abusers when they are accused – which means ‘deny, attack, reverse victim and offender.’

Lauer was abruptly sacked by NBC in 2017 after a then-unnamed accuser came forward to detail what the network described at the time as ‘sexual misconduct’.

As he departed, Lauer admitted feeling ‘shame’ over an inappropriate relationship he had with a colleague while reporting on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

But in 2019, ahead of the publication of Farrow’s book, Nevils unmasked herself and went further – alleging that Lauer raped her in a hotel room.Lauer has vehemently denied that any non-consensual acts took place.In a column for Mediaite , Lauer wrote: ‘From start to finish Ronan is acting as Brooke’s advocate, not as a journalist investigating her claims.’He alleges that Farrow broke ‘the cardinal rule of journalism’ by ‘coming to a self-serving conclusion first, and then he sees everything through the prism of that assumption’.In support of his claim, Lauer details what he claims are instances […]

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