Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
A woman who worked as an NBC correspondent says that the long-time network anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances towards her about two decades ago, throwing her and trying to kiss her by force.
Linda Vester, who covered the Middle East and Africa for NBC and later joined Fox News, was in her 20s at the time she claimed that Brokaw made the advances, reports Variety magazine.
Vester produced contemporary diaries that corroborated his story, the magazine says.
Brokaw, now 78, responded through an NBC spokesperson. "I met Linda Vester twice, both at her request, 23 years ago because she wanted advice regarding her career on NBC," he said. "The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda's accusations, I made no romantic proposals to her at that time or any other"
Vester says that in August of 1993, she was in Denver to cover the Visit of Pope John Paul II. "While I was standing in the Denver office with my back to the door, behind me, out of nowhere, Tom Brokaw walked up, put his hands on my waist and tickled me all over my waist," he said.
"It was physically unpleasant and humiliating," said Vester Variety . "I jumped a foot [and] looked the editor of Nightly News in the eye, he looked at me and his mouth dropped open"
"Nobody did anything," he said. "And there was nothing I could really say or do because I was very low on the totem"
. He described another incident in New York when Brokaw insisted on visiting her in his hotel room and then tried to kiss her twice. .
"I felt stuck, because it was not a request, it was more of an order," he said.
"I hardly knew him and I did not work for his transmission," he said. "But when the most powerful man in the network sends you a computer message, you answer him"
Vester, who was hired by NBC in 1989, left in 1999 to join Fox News, where he stayed until 2006.  According to Variety : "She speaks now, because she believes her story sheds light on the culture at NBC News, where she believes that male bosses treated their colleagues as objects." Today ]] Co-host Matt Lauer was fired for inappropriate behavior involving an NBC employee last November, NBC launched an internal review of his practices but did not bring an outside firm to investigate, a step that Vester believes is necessary to fix the culture of NBC. "
Brokaw is one of several prominent media figures accused of sexual misconduct in recent months in several news organizations, including NPR.