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Ronan Farrow says there were ‘multiple’ accusations against Matt Lauer before Brooke Nevils

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Matt Lauer denied the new rape allegation in a letter from his lawyer to Variety. His former NBC colleagues called the allegation “painful.” USA TODAY

Ronan Farrow made his first TV appearance Friday since excerpts from his upcoming book, “Catch and Kill,” revealed new details surrounding Matt Lauer’s 2017 firing.

Farrow, on “Good Morning America,” told George Stephanopoulos he stands by his book, which is out next week, despite Lauer calling the reporting in “Catch and Kill” false and defamatory. While on the morning show, Farrow also alleged there were previous accusations brought to NBC regarding Lauer’s conduct, prior to the 2017 complaint that led to his ouster. 

Farrow said while he can’t reveal specific details about conversations with his sources in the book or if he spoke with Lauer, the former “Today” show co-host’s “way of thinking” is represented in the book and everything printed “extensively fact-checked.”

Stephanopoulos then referenced NBC’s statement about the rape allegation in Farrow’s book. The network stated Lauer was fired within 24 hours of NBC learning about the complaint in 2017 and that any suggestions of NBC trying to cover up for Lauer are “false and offensive.”

Farrow says that he spent years reporting and fact-checking the claims made in his book and that what he found goes against NBC’s statement. He said years before Lauer’s 2017 firing, over a six to seven year period, there were seven non-disclosure agreements at the network, multiple of which involved Lauer. 

“What we show in this book, with a paper trail, with documents, was that there were multiple secret settlements and non-disclosures being struck with women at NBC News,” Farrow told the outlet. 

Farrow also added that he spoke with NBC senior executives who were made aware of those earlier settlements.

NBC issued a statement to USA TODAY in response to Farrow’s “Good Morning America” interview, reiterating NBC News Chairman Andy Lack’s memo, shared earlier this week, that stated that the first NBC heard about allegations of sexual misconduct against Lauer was on the night of November 27, 2017 and he was fired 24 hours after. 

The statement added NBC Universal’s legal team has conducted interviews and did an exhaustive search of available records and found no claims or settlements that suggest inappropriate conduct by Lauer prior to his 2017 firing. The network stated after his termination is when NBC reached an agreement with two women. 

On Tuesday, news broke that Farrow’s book includes new details about the allegation that caused Lauer’s firing. Brooke Nevils, the previously unnamed accuser at the center of Lauer’s fall from grace,is identified in the book, and “Catch and Kill” delves into details of Nevils’ allegation that Lauer raped her the 2014 Sochi Olympics. 

In a lengthy letter provided by his lawyer to Variety, Lauer denied the allegation and painted the picture of an accusation full of contradictions. He said he has shied away until now from speaking out on the “false and salacious allegations” against him to protect his children. 

“I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period,” Lauer wrote. “My silence has been a mistake. Old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a dangerous and defamatory new allegation is being made. All are being spread as part of a promotional effort to sell a book. It’s outrageous. So, after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say ‘enough.'”

Nevils stepped forward with a tweet Wednesday. “I want to thank the many survivors who shared their stories with me today and offered their support. It takes courage, and I am truly grateful,” she wrote.

In a statement to USA TODAY, she said she asked NBC to thoroughly investigate her allegations and to give Lauer “the opportunity to defend himself.” She also said she provided “dates, times, evidence of communications and corroborating accounts” to back up her accusations and “both NBC and Farrow found me credible.”

She continued: “There’s the Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on TV every morning for two decades, and there is the Matt Lauer who this morning attempted to bully a former colleague into silence. His open letter was a case study in victim blaming. … I am not afraid of him now, regardless of his threats, bullying, and the shaming and predatory tactics I knew he would (and now has) tried to use against me.”

Contributing Hannah Yasharoff

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Kevin Hart Speaks Out On Car Crash: ‘Nothing But Love’ For Driver

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Kevin Hart is breaking his silence on a car wreck last month that left him seriously injured, offering only well wishes to the man who was behind the wheel.

In a statement provided to HuffPost on Friday through Hart’s lawyer Andrew Brettler, the comedian sent support to friends Jared Black and Rebecca Broxterman, who were in the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when it veered off a California road near Malibu and tumbled down an embankment on Sept. 1.

“I have nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery,” Hart said.

Brettler also gave an update on Hart’s health as he remains on the mend after being treated for “major back injuries,” in the words of the California Highway Patrol report.

“Kevin is doing OK,” Brettler said. “He’s committed to the physical therapy and getting stronger every day.”

The attorney noted also that while Hart “is doing a little work here and there” on his upcoming film “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “he doesn’t anticipate being fully back to work until the new year.”

According to multiple media outlets, an additional CHP report released Thursday stated that Black recklessly accelerated the vintage muscle car when it lurched off the road just before 1 a.m. Like Hart, he sustained major back injuries, while Broxterman, who was less seriously hurt, complained of pain.

TMZ reported that less than 24 hours after the accident, Hart underwent back surgery.

Authorities did not find alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

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Megathread: Congress Can Seek President Trump’s Tax Returns, Appeals Court Rules

President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over eight years of his tax returns to a House committee, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, handing the president a significant defeat in his attempts to block the release of the returns.

The House Reform and Oversight Committee issued a subpoena earlier this year demanding that Mazars USA, the president’s accounting firm, hand over the tax returns. Mr. Trump’s lawyers accused Democrats on the committee of conducting a witch hunt with no legitimate purpose.

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Congress Can Seek Trump’s Financial Records, Appeals Court Rules

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over eight years of financial records to a House committee, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, handing the president a significant defeat in his attempts to block the release of the returns.

The House Reform and Oversight Committee issued a subpoena earlier this year demanding that Mazars USA, the president’s accounting firm, hand over the records. Mr. Trump’s lawyers accused Democrats on the committee of conducting a witch hunt with no legitimate purpose.

On Friday, a three-judge federal panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia sided 2-1 with the Democrats, saying that the committee has the right to the documents.

“Contrary to the president’s arguments, the committee possesses authority under both the House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply,” the appeals court panel wrote in its opinion. Mr. Trump appointed the dissenting judge, Neomi Rao.

The ruling is a significant loss for the president, who often boasts of his wealth but has adamantly refused to release his tax returns since he began his campaign for president. His lawyers could appeal the case to the full appellate court or the Supreme Court.

“We conclude that the public record reveals legitimate legislative pursuits, not an impermissible law-enforcement purpose, behind the committee’s subpoena,” the judges wrote.

The president also suffered a defeat this week in a similar case in which the Manhattan district attorney has sought the president’s tax records from Mazars. A federal judge ruled that the accounting firm must hand over the tax records to the district attorney.

The president’s lawyers won an emergency stay of the ruling.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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EPA Proposes New Regulations For Lead In Drinking Water

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new proposal that would change how communities test for lead in drinking water. It’s the first major update to the Lead and Copper Rule in nearly 30 years, but it does not go as far as many health advocates had hoped.

The regulations are aimed at stopping people’s water from being contaminated through lead pipes that connect public water supplies to homes. The EPA’s website points out that ingesting lead “can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels.”

The proposal that was announced Thursday would require water systems to keep a public inventory of where those lead service lines are and help homeowners replace them if their water is found to be contaminated with lead.

If a water test shows dangerous lead levels, utilities would also have to notify their customers within 24 hours.

“By improving protocols for identifying lead, expanding sampling, and strengthening treatment requirements, our proposal would ensure that more water systems proactively take actions to prevent lead exposure, especially in schools, child care facilities, and the most at-risk communities,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said.

But the EPA is not moving to require that all lead service lines be pro-actively replaced nationwide, as some environmental advocates had suggested. The new regulations propose that water systems must replace agency-owned portions of a lead service line only when a customer chooses to replace their own portion.

The proposal also would not change when officials have to take action. Currently, water systems are required to find and fix sources of lead when a sample in a home exceeds 15 parts per billion, even though health experts say no amount of lead is known to be safe.

However, the proposal would establish a lower “trigger level” of 10 ppb, “which would compel water systems to identify actions that would reduce lead levels in drinking water.”

The proposal would also give communities more time to replace lead service lines, leading the Natural Resources Defense Council to criticize the new regulations as weaker than previous ones.

“Even low levels of lead can cause harm to developing brains and nervous systems, fertility issues, cardiovascular and kidney problems, and elevated blood pressure. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable,” the NRDC said in a statement.

As part of the proposal, the EPA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development launched a website that outlines federal funding and financing that can be used for lead service line replacement.

Lead levels in water was brought to national attention during the Flint water crisis, which started in 2014. Drinking water in the Michigan city was found to be unsafe for consumption, with residents being told to only drink bottled water. Officials have said the cost of the damage could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.

The EPA was subject to considerable criticism due to Flint’s crisis. Many called for the action level to be lowered. Jeff Cohen, who was on the EPA team that decided on the 15 ppb action level, has told NPR the number shouldn’t be used as a baseline for defining healthy water.

“It was never designed to identify a safe level of lead in drinking water,” Cohen said in 2016. Instead, he said, the number was meant to give water agencies guidance about a lead level they could manage with treatment.

“It was based on the little data available at that time, from water utilities in the U.S. that had installed different levels of corrosion control treatment,” he said.

Lead problems persist around the nation. Earlier this year, residents in Newark, N.J., were told their water exceeded 15 ppb, prompting the city to hand out bottled water.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR’s News Desk.

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Liam Hemsworth moves on from Miley Cyrus with ‘Dynasty’ actress

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Liam Hemsworth is taking a piece of advice from ex Miley Cyrus when it comes to their very public breakup: the best way to get over it is to move on with someone new.

The Australian actor was spotted in New York City Thursday walking hand-in-hand with 22-year-old actress Maddison Brown, Page Six reported, citing TMZ pictures

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Hemsworth and Brown, also from Australia, enjoyed an intimate lunch and a walk through the West Village.

Hemsworth, 29, has remained relatively quiet after Miley Cyrus announced their divorce in August, after just seven months of marriage.

As the news of her divorce broke, Cyrus was spotted shortly after on an Italian vacation with reality TV star Kaitlynn Carter, who in turn had just split from her husband Brody Jenner. She and Carter shared a brief romance before Cyrus was recently seen kissing Australian singer Cody Simpson.

The pair hasn’t shied away from rumors of a budding relationship.

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Cyrus, who was hospitalized this week after suffering from tonsillitis, tweeted a picture of herself cuddling up next to the 22-year-old as he played the guitar.

Simpson and Cyrus were first linked in late 2014, but in 2015 Simpson told GQ Australia that they were “just mates.”

Fox News Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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Appeals Court Rules House Democrats Can Subpoena Trump’s Financial Records

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The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a subpoena that House Democrats sent to President Donald Trump’s accounting firm for his financial records and tax returns.

The court issued a 2-1 ruling that the House Oversight & Reform Committee has the constitutional authority to investigate wrongdoing by the president of the United States and can therefore subpoena his financial records in pursuit of that investigation.

Judges David Tatel and Patricia Millett voted to uphold the subpoena, while Judge Neomi Rao voted against.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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House Impeachment Investigators Question Ukraine Envoy

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WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators on Friday privately questioned the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, about her knowledge of a shadow campaign by President Trump and his private lawyer to push that country’s leaders to undertake investigations that could tarnish Democrats.

The Trump administration abruptly removed Ms. Yovanovitch, a career diplomat in her third posting as an ambassador, in May, months before she was scheduled to return from Ukraine. Allies of the president had concluded that she was not sufficiently loyal to Mr. Trump, and her recall from Kiev coincided with attempts by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and his associates to jump-start an investigation into Joseph R. Biden Jr., and his son Hunter, as well as one into a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled on behalf of Democrats in the 2016 election.

Those efforts, which extended into the State Department and the White House, where Mr. Trump pressed Ukraine’s president in July phone call to commit to the investigations, is now at the center of the House’s impeachment inquiry.

Ms. Yovanovitch could be a key witness to Mr. Giuliani’s efforts on the ground and provide investigators with insights into how Ukraine’s leaders managed the overtures, though she has given few public hints about what, if anything, she knows. Her explanation of why Mr. Trump and his allies wanted her removed could also be crucial to House Democrats who are trying to bolster their contention that Mr. Trump abused his power in pressuring Ukraine.

Ms. Yovanovitch’s appearance was itself remarkable, because she remains a Trump administration employee. The State Department blocked another high-level official from speaking with investigators on Tuesday, the same day the White House made an extraordinary declaration that it would defy the House’s every request for documents and witnesses going forward, putting a “full halt” to cooperation.

But Ms. Yovanovitch, a 33-year veteran of the State Department nearing the end of her public service, arrived Friday morning with a lawyer and entered the secure rooms of the House Intelligence Committee in the basement of the Capitol for questioning by congressional staff. Caught between the conflicting and equally forceful demands of two branches of government, she chose Congress, raising the possibility that other government officials with little loyalty to Mr. Trump could follow suit.

Just a day earlier, Ms. Yovanovitch had been mentioned in an indictment of two businessmen who worked with Mr. Giuliani on his Ukraine scheme. In charging the men with federal campaign finance violations, prosecutors said they had donated funds and promised to raise more for a congressman who then lent his support to a campaign to oust her.

Three House committees conducting the investigation hope to tick through a roster of additional witness depositions next week, when lawmakers return to Washington from a two-week recess. Among them are Fiona Hill, who until this summer served as senior director for Europe at the National Security Council, and is scheduled to appear on Monday; George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state and Ukraine expert, whose appearance is set for next Tuesday; and Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union whose scheduled appearance on Tuesday was blocked by the State Department hours before he was to arrive on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Sondland has now agreed to comply with a House subpoena and testify next week, despite the State Department’s instruction that he not appear, although he will not hand over documents unless the department does, his lawyer said on Friday.

The White House or State Department could try to block those depositions, but like Ms. Yovanovitch and Mr. Sondland, each witness may make his or her own choice.

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Illinois woman: Son, 9, made ‘terrible mistake’ intentionally setting home ablaze, killing 5 family members

A 9-year-old Illinois boy was charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin, two half-siblings, great grandmother and mother’s fiance after authorities alleged he intentionally set the family’s mobile home alight.

But his grieving mom says it was all “a terrible mistake” and people should “pray” for — not condemn — the boy she says is mentally ill.

Katie Alwood’s son became a ward of the state after investigators concluded he intentionally set fire to his family’s home in Goodfield on April 6. The boy is not being identified because he is being tried as a juvenile; however, the other family members have been identified in multiple reports.

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The 9-year-old was charged this week with five counts of murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson in the fire, which resulted in the deaths of Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Daemeon Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1.

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows a fence and caution tape surrounding a trailer home that was destroyed by fire in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

“He made a terrible mistake,” Alwood, 28, told the Chicago Tribune after Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger announced the charges against her son. “He’s a child.”

Alwood said she wished people would “pray that he gets the help he needs” and claimed he suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

“Even though he lit the fire, I know his intentions were not to kill anybody,” she continued. “I know that. He cries and cries and cries because he misses his family.”

Alwood said she believes her son has “a good heart” and helped in raising his two half-siblings, Daemeon and Ariel.

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“Yes, he should be punished, but he needs mental help, that’s what he needs.”

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows melted vinyl siding hanging off the side of a trailer home at 14 Cypress Court in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

Investigators said the fire began around 11 p.m. Within minutes of firefighters responding to the scene, the home was engulfed in flames. Minger said he decided to charge the boy after reading through various authoritative reports about the fire numerous times. Officials have yet to release details about how the fire was started.

If convicted of murder, the child could be placed on probation for at least five years, but not beyond the age of 21. Minger said that therapy and counseling for the boy would be likely as well.

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Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services reportedly has had an extensive history with Alwood’s family. According to the Tribune, they made contact with the family 13 times prior to the fatal fire.

Since the fire, he has been placed in a foster home.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Illinois woman: Son, 9, made ‘terrible mistake’ intentionally setting home ablaze, killing 5 family members

A 9-year-old Illinois boy was charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin, two half-siblings, great grandmother and mother’s fiance after authorities alleged he intentionally set the family’s mobile home alight.

But his grieving mom says it was all “a terrible mistake” and people should “pray” for — not condemn — the boy she says is mentally ill.

Katie Alwood’s son became a ward of the state after investigators concluded he intentionally set fire to his family’s home in Goodfield on April 6. The boy is not being identified because he is being tried as a juvenile; however, the other family members have been identified in multiple reports.

MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY OF 5 FOUND DEAD INSIDE THEIR HOME FROM APPARENT ‘GUNSHOT WOUNDS,’ OFFICIALS SAY 

The 9-year-old was charged this week with five counts of murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson in the fire, which resulted in the deaths of Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Daemeon Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1.

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows a fence and caution tape surrounding a trailer home that was destroyed by fire in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

“He made a terrible mistake,” Alwood, 28, told the Chicago Tribune after Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger announced the charges against her son. “He’s a child.”

Alwood said she wished people would “pray that he gets the help he needs” and claimed he suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

“Even though he lit the fire, I know his intentions were not to kill anybody,” she continued. “I know that. He cries and cries and cries because he misses his family.”

Alwood said she believes her son has “a good heart” and helped in raising his two half-siblings, Daemeon and Ariel.

OKLAHOMA MAN, 80, FATALLY SHOT WIFE IN HEAD BECAUSE SHE HAD DEMENTIA: REPORTS 

“Yes, he should be punished, but he needs mental help, that’s what he needs.”

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows melted vinyl siding hanging off the side of a trailer home at 14 Cypress Court in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

Investigators said the fire began around 11 p.m. Within minutes of firefighters responding to the scene, the home was engulfed in flames. Minger said he decided to charge the boy after reading through various authoritative reports about the fire numerous times. Officials have yet to release details about how the fire was started.

If convicted of murder, the child could be placed on probation for at least five years, but not beyond the age of 21. Minger said that therapy and counseling for the boy would be likely as well.

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Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services reportedly has had an extensive history with Alwood’s family. According to the Tribune, they made contact with the family 13 times prior to the fatal fire.

Since the fire, he has been placed in a foster home.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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