Tom Brokaw accused of making unwanted advance by third woman
A third woman has come forward to accuse longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw of making an unwanted advance toward her early on in her journalism career.
Mary Reinholz claims in a new first-person testimonial that Brokaw, who was married at the time, attempted to kiss her inside her rented Los Angeles-area home 50 years ago after helping her with a story she was working on.
"We talked and then, abruptly, he was embracing me and giving me a French kiss," Reinholz wrote in a piece published by The Villager.
"I pulled away, reminding him that he was married and a tryst was out of the question," she wrote. "He said, 'Yes, it would be unfair to Meredith,' meaning his wife."
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Tom Brokaw is seen leaving the NBC studios in Rockefeller Center on Monday. (ELDER ORDONEZ / SPLASH NEWS/ELDER ORDONEZ / SPLASH NEWS)
Reinholz says she and Brokaw, now 78, got together at her home after he managed to obtain information from the Los Angeles Police Department that she had been unable to get herself. She did not say which year this allegedly occurred, but said she was hit on "by several powerful men in the news business" during the 1960s, including Brokaw.
She claims the encounter with Brokaw, who was anchoring for Los Angeles' KNBC station at the time, left her "uncomfortable," adding that she "wasn't interested in Brokaw as a sex partner."
Reinholz says she spoke to Brokaw several times after that in subsequent years. She moved to New York in the early 1970s and spoke to Brokaw to acquire a contact, but says she never saw him again.
Reinholz's allegations come less than a week after Linda Vester, a former NBC correspondent, claimed in reports by the Washington Post and Variety that Brokaw made a pair of unwanted advances toward her in 1990s, while she was in her 20s. Vester claims one of those occassions involved Brokaw attempting to kiss her in her hotel room.
Brokaw issued a denial to the Washington Post, then penned a letter further slamming Vester's claims.
“I am not a perfect person,” reads a portion of Brokaw's letter. “I’ve made mistakes, personally and professionally. But as I write this at dawn on the morning after a drive by shooting by Vester, the Washington Post and Variety I am stunned by the free ride given a woman with a grudge against NBC News, no distinctive credentials or issue passions while at Fox.”
Brokaw, 78, is accused of making unwanted advances by multiple women.(NBC/NATHAN CONGLETON/NBC)
Another woman, who made her allegation anonymously, claims Brokaw placed her hands under his jacket and onto his chest and asked her to come to his office later that night, according to the Washington Post. That woman, who was working as a production assistant, says she was 24 at the time.
Brokaw also denies that allegation.