A new report has some disturbing details about the sexual misconduct Matt Lauer allegedly inflicted upon his victims before getting fired from NBC this week.
NBC announced Lauer’s termination yesterday as multiple reports were looming about the former TODAY anchor’s behavior. Indeed, Variety released a report last night with stunning information about how Lauer’s actions, and how the network reportedly protected him despite his conduct.
The New York Times has released a separate report which corroborated previous descriptions about the TODAY Show’s working environment and Lauer’s allegedly predatory behavior. The report says NBC has been informed of at least two accusers who have spoken against Lauer, and one of them claims that Lauer assaulted her until she became unconscious in his office.
From the report:
In 2001, the woman said, Mr. Lauer, who is married, asked her to his office to discuss a story during a workday. When she sat down, she said, he locked the door, which he could do by pressing a button while sitting at his desk. (People who worked at NBC said the button was a regular security measure installed for high-profile employees.)
The woman said Mr. Lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. She said the anchor then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair and had intercourse with her. At some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. She woke up on the floor of his office, and Mr. Lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse.
The woman told The Times that Mr. Lauer never made an advance toward her again and never mentioned what occurred in his office. She said she did not report the episode to NBC at the time because she believed she should have done more to stop Mr. Lauer. She left the network about a year later.
On Wednesday, the episode in Mr. Lauer’s office was reported to NBC News after the woman told her then-supervisor, who still works at the network. The woman said an NBC human resources representative had since contacted her.
The woman also told the Times about various inappropriate comments from Lauer, such as whether she had ever cheated on her husband. Lauer sent his old network a statement today, apologizing for his actions while also claiming some of his alleged behavior is “untrue or mischaracterized.”
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