Tom Brokaw vehemently denied allegations from a former colleague that he sexually harassed and groped her while he was an anchor at NBC Nightly News during the 1990s. Linda Vester, a former correspondent at NBC News, has told Variety that Brokaw propositioned and tried to forcibly kiss her on at least two occasions, including a time when he showed up to her hotel room uninvited. In a leaked email sent to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, Brokaw, 78, described Vester as a “character assassin” who was angry because she did not become a star at NBC. “I am angry, hurt, and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career,” Brokaw said. More than 115 of Brokaw’s current and former colleagues at NBC—including Rachel Maddow and Andrew Mitchell—have signed a letter in support of the famed anchor, calling him “a man of tremendous decency and integrity.” But two other former NBC employees also alleged that Brokaw made sexual advances to them decades ago.
MSNBC host Joy Reid apologized for “hateful” homophobic comments on her blog in the early and mid-2000s, and admitted she can’t prove her claim that hackers meddled with some of the posts. The archived posts from Reid’s now-defunct blog describe gay sex as “gross” and say that “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing.” The liberal pundit initially said she’d been hacked when the posts were revealed in recent weeks, but then said cybersecurity experts couldn’t prove it. “I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me,” Reid, 49, said.
After years of brushing aside questions about her sexual orientation, Janelle Monáe has come out as pansexual. The singer-songwriter and actress told Rolling Stone that she used to identify as bisexual, but now thinks pansexual is more accurate, since it means that gender identity is irrelevant to whether or not she is attracted to a person. “Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women,” Monáe said, “I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf---er.”