NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams will take a break from work after Iraq war veterans disputed his account of a helicopter crash in 2003.
The controversy is centred around a story Williams has repeatedly told, describing an ordeal while reporting from Iraq.
According to Williams, he and his news crew came under fire and their helicopter was shot down and they were later rescued by American armed forces.
As recently as last month Williams described his ordeal on TV:
However, it now seems that he was telling a war story he knew was false.
“I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago. I want to apologise. I said I was travelling in an aircraft that was hit by an RPG. Instead I was in a following aircraft” Williams said.
The revelations have tarnished Williams’ profile as one of the most-watched and trusted reporters in America.
Military news website Stars and Strips reports that “Questions have also arisen around statements he made about reporting on Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans in 2005, and Israel’s war with militant group Hezbollah.”
Williams is expected to make a statement on his future over the next couple of days.
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