Another one bites the dust; Matt Lauer is the latest prominent figure in the TV landscape to lose a multimillion dollar gig on TODAY that airs on NBC.
A woman, whose identity has been kept private, has come forward and explained that Mr. Lauer sexually assaulted her during the coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
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The survivor is speaking about the incident via her lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld.
Some disturbing details about the incident have been released to the media.
The woman, who was an intern on TODAY, told the heads that she received an inappropriate message.
Some media outlets claimed the woman got a picture of a sex toy from Lauer and told her how and when he wanted to use it on her.
The employee showed the photo and message to the top executives at the network, and within 24 hours he was fired.
The attorney explained the following about the situation: “My client and I met with representatives from NBC’s Human Resources and Legal Department at 6 p.m. on Monday. Over the course of several hours, my client detailed egregious acts of sexual harassment and misconduct by Mr. Lauer.”
Wilkenfeld went on to say: “In fewer than 35 hours, NBC investigated and removed Mr. Lauer. Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly and responsibly, as all companies should when confronted with credible allegations about sexual misconduct in the workplace. While I am impressed by NBC’s response to date, I am awed by the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than asking the company do the right thing. This is how the system should work.”
Sources close to the network, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The is not the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he has been at NBC News; we were also presented with a reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
According to an exposé from Variety, more than ten past and present workers of NBC have accused Lauer of sexual misconduct. He flashed one woman and forced another to sleep with him.
An emotional Savannah Guthrie broke the news of the firing by saying: “This is a sad morning at TODAY and NBC News. As I am sure you can understand, we are devastated. I am heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear colleague.”
Lauer has been an anchor at the TODAY show since 1997.