Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
A woman working as an NBC correspondent says long-time network anchor Tom Brokaw had made unwanted approaches to her about two decades ago, groping and forcibly trying to kiss her.
Linda Vester, who joined the Middle East and Africa for NBC and later Fox News, was in her 20s at the time, she claims Brokaw made progress, reports Variety magazine.
Vester produces contemporary magazines that confirm their history, the magazine says.
Brokaw, now 78, replied by an NBC spokesman. "I met Linda Vester twice, both at her request 23 years ago, because she wanted advice on her career at NBC," he said. "The meetings were short, heartfelt, and appropriate, and despite Linda's claims, I did not approach her or any other romantic approaches to her."
Vester says she was in Denver in August 1993 to cover Pope's visit to John Paul II. "While standing with my back to the door in the Denver call station, Tom Brokaw approached from out of nowhere , put his hands on my waist and tickled my waist, "she said.
"It was physically uncomfortable and humiliating," said Vester Variety . "I jumped one foot [and] looked the editor of Nightly News in the eye, he looked at me and his jaw dropped."
"Nobody did anything," she said. "And I really could not do or say anything because I was so low on the totem pole."
She described another incident in New York when Brokaw insisted on visiting her in her hotel room, and then twice tried to kiss her
"I felt trapped because it was not an inquiry, it It was more like a command, "she said.
"I hardly knew him and I did not work for his mission," she said. "But if the most powerful man on the network sends you a computer message, answer him."
Vester, hired by NBC in 1989, joined Fox News in 1999, where she remained until 2006.  Variety : "She speaks now because she believes her story sheds light on the culture of NBC News, where she believes male bosses treat her female colleagues as objects." Today Co Moderator Matt Lauer was released last November for inappropriate behavior by an NBC employee, and NBC launched an internal review of its practices, but did not bring an outside company to investigate – a move Vester considers necessary to improve NBC culture
Brokaw is one of several prominent media figures accused of sexual misconduct in various news organizations, including NPR, in recent months.