Brian Williams lied over news reports to make himself look good 'at least ELEVEN TIMES', according to NBC investigation which will help seal shamed anchor's fate

  • Former face of NBC Nightly News was suspended for lying about Iraq
  • Falsely claimed he was in military helicopter downed by RPG fire
  • Bosses began investigation into other tall tales in wake of scandal
  • NBC's CEO reportedly told in recent briefing that 11 instances emerged
  • Include seemingly overblown claims about reporting on the Arab Spring 

Shamed newsman Brian Williams's lied in his reporting to make himself look good at least 11 times, an internal investigation has reportedly found.

The total, cited in media reports about the secretive investigation, would mean the trail of deceit from the fallen face of NBC's Nightly News goes far deeper than previously reported.

Investigative journalists at the network have been poring over Williams's past reports and statements after he was booted from the top job in TV news, hunting down signs of dishonesty.

Lies on lies: Williams, pictured above during his last Nightly News broadcast before being suspended, embellished at least 11 different reports, an internal investigation has reportedly found

Lies on lies: Williams, pictured above during his last Nightly News broadcast before being suspended, embellished at least 11 different reports, an internal investigation has reportedly found

Iraq shame: Williams fell from grace after veterans called him out after he lied about being on board a U.S. military chopper which was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, but miraculously managed to land

Iraq shame: Williams fell from grace after veterans called him out after he lied about being on board a U.S. military chopper which was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, but miraculously managed to land

Williams was publicly suspended with no pay for six months after it emerged that he repeatedly told a self-aggrandizing, false story about being aboard a military helicopter hit by an RPG over Iraq.

Further scrutiny of Williams's record turned up other questionable claims, including dodging rocket fire over Israel and seeing a body floating through the French Quarter of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Even more such claims have been turned up now, according to reports by CNN and the Washington Post.

Both cite a briefing given to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke on Thursday in New York City at which top executives were updated on the investigation.

Pyramid of lies: The latest specific Williams tall tale to emerge dates to 2011 in Egypt's Tahrir Square. Williams said he stared into the eyes of mounted regime soldiers during a violent protest - while the New York Times says he was safely on a balcony overlooking the action

Pyramid of lies: The latest specific Williams tall tale to emerge dates to 2011 in Egypt's Tahrir Square. Williams said he stared into the eyes of mounted regime soldiers during a violent protest - while the New York Times says he was safely on a balcony overlooking the action

Trust me, I'm an anchor: Williams is pictured above being intereview by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and claiming to have up-close experience of the Arab Spring protests

Trust me, I'm an anchor: Williams is pictured above being intereview by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and claiming to have up-close experience of the Arab Spring protests

CNN said 10 puffed-up claims had been found, while the Post said the figure was 11.

An earlier report in the New York Times, identified a particular incident, dating back to Williams's coverage of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

NBC investigators honed in on an appearance on the Daily Show where Williams boasted that he had looked into the eyes of mounted Egyptian soldiers in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and seen armed men beat protesters.

From his conversation with host Jon Stewart, Williams implies he was in the thick of the chaotic pro-democracy movement.

However, the Times said, NBC news broadcasts from the time make it clear he was in fact on a balcony overlooking the square from a safe distance.

Close to the wind: Another questionable Williams claim comes from Israel's 2006 war with Hezbollah. Williams said rockets flew 'just underneath' a helicopter he was on (above), when they in fact seem to have gone nowhere near it

Close to the wind: Another questionable Williams claim comes from Israel's 2006 war with Hezbollah. Williams said rockets flew 'just underneath' a helicopter he was on (above), when they in fact seem to have gone nowhere near it

Williams is currently halfway through his six-month suspension from his roles as anchor and managing editor of the Nightly News.

He was replaced by Lester Holt, who has kept ratings relatively steady. It is unclear whether NBC will put Williams back in the top slot when the suspension ends, or look for a way to get rid of him.

Williams has reportedly been banned from speaking publicly about the investigation, or defending himself against any new claims.

Industry analysts have said the NBC report is likely to prove significant as the network wrangles over what to ultimately do with Williams, who had signed a multi-million-dollar contract to keep anchoring the Nightly News through 2019.

The findings could play a part in any legal discussions, it was suggested, with NBC gaining leverage over its employee by either agreeing to keep it under wraps or threatening to go public.

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