More accusations …
Lauer … After NBC News fired Matt Lauer yesterday, the reporting on him kept pouring in. Additional women came forward to accuse Lauer of sexual assault. The New York Post’s “Page Six,” the New York Times, and Variety led the reporting. The stories are disgusting and sickening.
Truly disgusting … The following paragraphs from the New York Times have me at a loss for words. If you want to know just how bad the accusations against Lauer are, here you go:
In 2001, the woman said, Mr. Lauer, who is married, asked her to his office to discuss a story during a workday. When she sat down, she said, he locked the door, which he could do by pressing a button while sitting at his desk. (People who worked at NBC said the button was a regular security measure installed for high-profile employees.)
The woman said Mr. Lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. She said the anchor then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair and had intercourse with her. At some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. She woke up on the floor of his office, and Mr. Lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse.
The woman told The Times that Mr. Lauer never made an advance toward her again and never mentioned what occurred in his office. She said she did not report the episode to NBC at the time because she believed she should have done more to stop Mr. Lauer. She left the network about a year later.
The actions described here are alleged to have happened 16 years ago.
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About those locks … Like lots of folks, we’ve been discussing the remote locks on doors at NBC. My colleague Joe Koss — author of the great Footnotes email — messaged me his thoughts: “This is one of those things … that isn’t surprising, but … because of the culture, it is something that both protected and enabled these people. This idea that STARS are above others … part of the problem not a solution.” That’s a great observation. The culture enables.
“Enough truth in these stories” … Lauer himself has finally broken his silence. In a prepared statement, Lauer said that he is “truly sorry” for the pain he has caused. He also characterized some of the accusations as untrue, adding, however, “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
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