Tom Brokaw cancels commencement speech after sex harassment allegations

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has canceled his upcoming commencement speech at a Connecticut university amid controversy surrounding the recent sexual harassment allegations made against him, reports said Friday.

Sacred Heart University president John Petillo told the Hartford Courant that Brokaw did not want to distract from the event and will no longer be delivering the May 13 commencement speech for the school’s upcoming graduating class.

He will be replaced by the Catholic university’s biggest benefactor, Linda McMahon, who is also a member of President Trump’s cabinet and serves as head of the federal Small Business Administration, according to the paper.

Brokaw’s backing out comes after Linda Vester, a former war correspondent for NBC who worked with him in the ’90s, told Variety in an interview published Thursday that she was sexually harassed by the news legend. She said she is only coming forward now because she is not satisfied with NBC’s handling of sex harassment allegations against former “Today” show host Matt Lauer.

Vester says Brokaw groped her and tried to forcefully kiss her on at least two occasions in 1993 and 1994. Brokaw, who has been married since 1962 and retired from the media giant 14 years ago, denies the allegations.

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