Lauer Initially Denied Sexual Misconduct to Network Officials

Danny Woods
December 4, 2017

Lauer was abruptly fired from his post as co-anchor of the Today show earlier this week after a female employee claimed to NBC's Human Resources that he had sexually harassed her during the network's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since Lauer was terminated "for cause", NBC doesn't have to pay the rest of his $20-million-per-year salary. The network has maintained that its management was "unequivocally" in the dark about Lauer, who reportedly harassed colleagues for more than 15 years.

If the timeline is credible, it means that NBC News chairman Andy Lack and president Noah Oppenheim were unaware of Lauer's alleged misconduct until very recently.

Though Lauer's contract called for him to be paid tens of millions of dollars, the network doesn't expect to pay it now that he's been fired, a senior NBC source told the outlet. According to Deadline, although Lauer accepted his termination without fighting back, his team is expected to try to negotiate with NBC so that Lauer can receive the remaining $30 million of his contract.

In his first public response, Lauer said in a statement Thursday that some of the allegations were untrue but others had enough truth that he felt "embarrassed and ashamed".

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"This week we saw that when an employee comes forward to report misconduct, the system works". "We also learned that we must do a much better job of making people feel empowered to take that crucial first step of reporting bad behavior".

Matt Lauer's wife long-suffering wife Annette Roque has reportedly left NY for her native Netherlands amid allegations that her husband sexually assaulted and abused multiple female staffers at NBC.

But he repeatedly denied all allegations made against him in the two weeks before NBC fired him over sexual misconduct allegations and claims.

Last fall, the network was accused of sitting on an "Access Hollywood" audio tape in which then-candidate Donald Trump was heard telling Billy Bush that prominence came with a license to grope women.

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