Former Today Show anchor Ann Curry is furious with NBC after the network told The New York Times that she discussed Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct with an NBC lawyer, and she immediately issued a statement denying that she participated in any “formal investigation” on sexual harassment by the network.
Insiders say Curry is angry that the network is trying to “force the narrative” that she participated in an investigation of the sexual harassment claims against Lauer. She says that an NBC lawyer contacted her only after she told the Washington Post that she spoke with two senior NBC executives in 2012 and told them that a female staffer on The Today Show had approached her and alleged Lauer sexually harassed her.
Ann Curry thrown under the bus again. And, um, this from a network that would not allow Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Weinstein to go forward. https://t.co/s4Jsb4wqR0
— Carol Costello (@CarolHLN) May 9, 2018
According to Radar Online sources, when the NBC lawyer contacted her, he demanded that Curry reveal the name of the female staffer, but she had promised the woman she would never reveal her identity and she wasn’t going to betray her trust.
The unnamed female staffer was just out of college at the time, and she was very uncomfortable with Lauer’s comments and attention.
“Ann refused to tell the lawyer who the staff member was…she did consider revealing the two executives she warned about Matt’s behavior, but since they no longer work directly with the Today show, decided not to because the risk of having betrayed the confidence also was a factor,” says the source.
No one from NBC ever contacted Curry about the Lauer investigation, explained the insider, and her conversation with the network’s lawyer was just about that specific incident. If the network were serious about the sexual harassment problem in the workplace and hired an outside law firm to investigate, Curry would have participated if they contacted her.
NBC mysteriously fired Ann Curry back in 2012, and she is relieved to no longer be working there.
The peacock network opened an investigation into the Lauer case after they fired him from The Today Show last November. And, this week they released a statement and report about the investigation. NBC said they found no evidence indicating that any leadership or people in a position of authority at NBC News or Today received complaints about Lauer’s workplace behavior prior to November 27, 2017.
Ann Curry Says NBC Didn’t Talk to Her Before Finding ‘No Evidence’ of Wrongdoing in Handling of Matt Lauer Case https://t.co/svHAlKoSOQ
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) May 11, 2018
NBC Universal general counsel Kimberley D. Harris oversaw the investigation, and a company spokeswoman says that they also consulted two law firms – Proskauer Rose and Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Network investigators said that they interviewed 68 individuals, including current management at the news division and current and former members of the Today Show staff. The only criticism found in the report was the assessment of the human resources operation.
The investigators found it “troubling” that Matt Lauer engaged in sexual relationships with subordinates, but no one filed any formal complaints.