NBC News president Noah Oppenheim today "faced tough questions from the network’s veteran journalists, many of whom demanded further details on how network brass handled allegations against Lauer, as well as Oppenheim’s relationship with disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein," reports The Daily Beast's Maxwell Trani on the aftermath of Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill book excerpt revealing ex-NBC News staffer Brooke Nevils' rape allegation. "According to multiple employees present on the call, staffers demanded specific answers about when management knew about the Lauer misconduct claims, and confronted Oppenheim on why NBC decided against hiring an outside investigator. One employee declared to the boss that 'we deserve answers from you.'" Staffers specifically wanted to know if Nevils had informed the network that Lauer raped her when she initially filed her complaint. When Lauer was fired, NBC News said Lauer had "engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” that was “a clear violation of our company’s standards.” One staffer wanted to know if Nevils specifically used the word "assault" when she reported her affair with Lauer. Oppenheim declined to answer, citing the "person's confidentiality." That prompted NBC News' highly respected justice correspondent Pete Williams to specifically ask about the "confidentiality" response. Oppenheim said NBC News' statement on Lauer's firing used words that “were carefully chosen to characterize it exactly the same way that her attorney was characterizing it. That confidentiality is not something that I am ever going to breach, not only for her sake. The whole point of that is so she can tell her story whenever, however she chooses to and she is doing so now, I think that is appropriate.” Trani also reports Oppenheim attempted to distance himself from Weinstein after Farrow revealed a friendly email exchange between them. "The NBC News president assured staff that he did not have a close relationship with Weinstein, and had only met him once," reports Trani. "As an example, Oppenheim pointed out that he gave a bottle of Grey Goose vodka gifted to him by Weinstein to his assistant, and noted that Weinstein didn’t seem to know that the NBC News president doesn’t drink."