Matt Lauer’s former co-star Meredith Vieira could prove his final undoing. The Today alum might get dragged into Lauer’s $100 million divorce case with estranged wife Annette Roque as she played a pivotal part in Lauer’s firing from NBC last year. If Vieira testifies, then Lauer could lose everything.
Vieira had first-hand knowledge of Lauer’s disgusting habits and was a victim of his ongoing harassment. In 2016, Vieira slammed Lauer for keeping a bag filled with sex toys in his NBC office, one year before NBC finally decided to fire him.
Vieira’s former assistant was the one who actually took Lauer down and there’s a chance that Roque calls on her to testify if she pursues custody of their three children — Jack, 16, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11 — and wants a portion of his massive fortune.
Katie Couric says she’s still “separating truth from fiction” in the allegations of sexual harassment against her former “Today" show cohost Matt Lauer.
“I don’t think I have reconciled it honestly, because it’s very upsetting and disappointing."https://t.co/RC3nJpWv67
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 17, 2018
Vieira’s assistant was first targeted during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. According to Radar Online, Lauer harassed the assistant for months and even sent her lewd photos of himself via text messages.
The assistant eventually showed NBC executives the photos, which immediately led to Lauer’s dismissal from the network. Although Roque has yet to file for divorce, this isn’t the first time their marriage has been on the rocks.
Back in 2006, Roque filed for divorce after accusing the former anchor of “controlling and cruel behavior.” Roque, who was pregnant with their first child at the time, felt as though Lauer’s actions were a mental and physical danger to her.
Despite her fears, Roque withdrew the divorce papers and reportedly signed an agreement that granted her millions in the event of a future breakup.
Roque has plenty of ammunition to throw at Lauer and his team of lawyers if she decides to file for divorce once again.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 19, 2018
In fact, Roque’s legal team will likely call upon Viera and other victims to testify of Lauer’s disturbing behavior, which could end up costing him millions of dollars. Lauer earned $25 million a year before he was fired from NBC, so he has a lot to lose.
As far as Lauer is concerned, the disgraced Today anchor has been keeping an extremely low profile in the wake of his sexual harassment scandal. Lauer has been spending most of his days inside his mansion in the Hamptons and has only been spotted a few times in public.
Matt Lauer has not commented on anything since releasing an apology in November of last year.