Three girls allege they had been sexually harassed by former The Today Show host Matt Lauer, in accordance with a bombshell report by Variety revealed Wednesday afternoon.
The girls agreed to talk with the outlet on the situation of anonymity, since they feared skilled repercussions. The article particulars how Lauer allegedly gave a intercourse toy to a colleague as a “gift” alongside a sexually express notice, uncovered himself to a different NBC News worker, and would usually make lewd feedback to his feminine coworkers both in individual or by way of textual content message. He would additionally play the sport “fuck, marry, or kill” in entrance of each female and male colleagues, wherein he recognized which feminine co-hosts he want to have intercourse with.
Wednesday morning Lauer was fired by NBC News after a colleague went to the group’s Human Resources division, alleging Lauer engaged on inappropriate sexual habits in the direction of her beginning on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and that the conduct lasted for a number of months.
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” NBC News chairman Andrew Lack mentioned in a memo to staffers saying Lauer’s departure.
But, in accordance with Variety, the ladies interviewed for the article had complained to NBC about Lauer’s habits up to now — and the community did not do something. NBC declined to touch upon these allegations for the Variety story.
Lauer has a $25 million annual wage and for many of his tenure at Today, which he joined as a co-host in 1997, the present was #1 in scores. According to Variety, his conduct was an open secret amongst staffers.
If you’ve got skilled sexual violence and are in want of disaster help, please name the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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