Matt Lauer has been fired from The Today Show, following several accusations of sexual assault.
One of the claims comes from a former NBC employee, who told The New York Times that Matt Lauer sexually assaulted her back in 2001. She claimed that Lauer made “inappropriate comments” to her when she began working at NBC in the late 1990s.
She alleged that Lauer invited her into his office back in 2001, and then locked the doors by pressing a button from his desk. According to her claims, he then asked her to unbutton her shirt, then pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair, and proceeded to have intercourse with her.
The anonymous woman then claims that she blacked out, and woke up on the floor to hear to Lauer asking his assistant to take her to the nurse.
She told The New York Times that she didn’t report the incident for fear of losing her job, although she left voluntarily one year later.
Since this allegation has come out, The Today Show has made the decision to fire Lauer instantly, with a statement from NBC News chairman Andrew Lack confirming it…
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.
“While it is the first complaint about his behaviour in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
The official statement might make it seem like this was the first time complaints were made against Matt Lauer, but a former employee insists that isn’t the case…
“Management sucks there,” a former anonymous source told Variety.
“They protected the shit out of Matt Lauer.”
Hmm… we have a feeling that this won’t be the last we’ll hear about this.