More than 100 women have signed a letter defending former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw following charges of sexual harassment by a former colleague.
Among the names that defend Brokaw, there are some high-profile figures, including MSNBC presenters Rachel Maddow and Mika Brzezinski, Kelly O & Donnell, White House correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, the external relations correspondent, and Maria Shriver, NBC Special Representative.
"As professional women, we fully support the talk about abuse of power in the workplace, and we want to share our views on working with Tom Brokaw in the context of this conversation," the letter says.
"Tom treated each of us with fairness and respect, giving each of us opportunities for advancement and championing our careers in our careers, evolving in the news, publishing, legal, business and government sectors Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…27&Itemid=47 He was a valued source of advice and support, and we know he is a man of great decency and integrity, "the statement said Letter.
Linda Vester's allegations of Brokaw's behavior were first reported on Thursday by Variety and The Washington Post.
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Several dozen women signed the letter the following day. The total number of signatories has since doubled. "People keep emailing and asking to add their names," said Liz Bowyer, one of the signatories.
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Brokaw is a towering figure at NBC and a role model for many in the television news industry. Many women and men at NBC prescribe his career, so some people wanted to write the letter.
But behind the scenes of NBC there is considerable tension over the letter and the broader efforts to defend Brokaw.
Wells described debates between friends and within peer groups about whether they should log in and what message the letter should send.
As one of the sources says, "What does it mean if your name is not on the letter?"
Vister's lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, did not comment on Saturday.
On Friday, he said Vester made a statement because "NBC needs to prioritize to listen to and protect its employees who have been victims."
Vester was a young reporter at NBC in the early 1990s when Brokaw "patted and patted" her.
Brokaw furiously rejected the allegations on Friday in a letter to colleagues. The letter was subsequently published by news agencies.
He named Vester a "character assassin" with a "grudge against NBC News".
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"She has more than twenty years after I opened her door for her and a new job at Fox News, a stream of unfounded criticism and unleashes attacks on me, "Brokaw wrote.
He added that he played a key role in introducing Vester to former Fox News boss Roger Ailes, who later hired them.
Ailes, who died in 2017, left the network amid allegations of sexual harassment.
NBC News had no comment on support letter on Saturday.
Vester left the TV news business in 2006. She told the Washington Post on Thursday that she decided to speak now, "because NBC has failed to engage a real lawyer to investigate a real, longstanding problem of sexual misconduct."
The Network promised an internal review of his workplace culture after "Today" host Matt Lauer was fired last year. He was confronted with "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".
NBC News Chair Andy Lack said in a memo on Friday that the "Review is nearing completion".
-CNN's Rob McLean has contributed to this report.
CNNMoney (New York) First published on April 28, 2018: 6:21 pm ET