Linda Vester spoke about her accusations of sexual misconduct against NBC News icon Tom Brokaw, telling the set of “Good Morning America” Thursday that not all harassers look like disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“Some people might be tempted to believe all harassers look and act like Harvey Weinstein,” Vester told anchor George Stephanopoulos. “It’s not true.”
“Some of them look like cultural icons, like Tom Brokaw,” Vester continued. “And they can be decent during the day to a lot of people, and actually be really kind a lot of the time, and yet still have hidden behavior.”
The former NBC and Fox News journalist said she had no interest in speaking with reps for NBC News until they agreed to launch an outside investigation into her accusations.
“As soon as NBC News or NBC Universal hires outside counsel to do a proper thorough investigation, I would be glad to sit down with them,” she said. “I think it’s common sense. You can’t investigate yourself. You can’t. You just can’t. There’e an internal bias. That’s just how it works.”
Vester’s appearance is the second in a one-two broadside against the network in the wake of their internal investigation into Matt Lauer. On Wednesday, Vester blasted her former employer in an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, urging them to stop fighting against the MeToo movement.
“I want NBC to stop fighting #MeToo within its own walls. I ask NBC Universal to retain an outside investigator to look into sexual harassment and any coverup of sexual harassment at NBC News,” she wrote. “People in power at NBC News, and all institutions, must take such accusations seriously.”
NBC’s internal investigation received backlash online Wednesday amid accusations that it had been less that thorough. In a statement to TheWrap the company defended their findings.
“Two outside law firms, Proskauer Rose and Davis Polk have reviewed the methodology, findings and conclusions and given their stamp of approval,” said an NBC News spokesperson.