Another accusation has been leveled against disgraced NBC anchor Matt Lauer.
According to Page Six, Lauer allegedly had an affair with a, quote, “famed and well-respected broadcaster.” A source told the media outlet they believed Lauer had the upper-hand in the relationship, explaining,
“Matt had influence over everyone’s career – one word and your career would be sunk. I know there was a clear imbalance of power in this woman’s relationship with Matt.”
A “clear imbalance of power” has seemed to be a common factor in a good deal of Lauer’s extramarital relationships during his time at the news network. This report comes about a week after the news broke that Lauer had been accused of rape by former NBC News colleague, Brooke Nevils. Lauer strongly denied the rape accusation in an open letter, but, as of Friday, October 18th, has yet to address the alleged affair.
The 61-year-old former anchor came into contact with countless broadcasters during his time at NBC, but the woman, who reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement when she left NBC, has yet to be publicly identified. However, Page Six reports that they have agreed to keep her identify a secret at her request.
Additionally, in Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill,” the author claims Matt Lauer openly and repeatedly harassed a former on-air NBC personality. The woman, also unnamed, told Farrow,
“[I] would walk into work with a knot in [my] stomach [having to face Lauer]. I was like a piece of hanging meat. […] I would come home and cry.”
According to Page Six, she was also asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement when she left the network in 2012. The outlet claims the NDA ensured that the woman could not speak ill of NBCUniversal or sue the company.
On Monday, October 14th, 2019, the President of NBC News responded to the woman’s allegations in a staff memo that read, in part,
“Farrow says this individual received inappropriate messages from Lauer, and showed them to ‘colleagues,’ not management, made no report, and we’ve found no record of one. She signed a completely standard separation agreement, including a routine confidentiality provision that was in her original employment contract.”
Despite the similarities between the descriptions of the two unidentified women, it’s currently unclear if they are the same person.
Matt Lauer’s longtime colleague, Ann Curry, could give more insight into the seemingly endless series of shady events that led to the anchor’s firing back in 2017 – but for some reason she’s held back so far. Curry worked alongside Lauer for more than a decade from 1997 to 2012. A source told US Weekly that she knows more than she’s letting on, and it’s enough to, quote, “destroy” her former colleague. The source explained,
“Ann has maintained a dignified silence, but a lot of people confided in her years ago and still do to this day. She knows more than most about the man Matt really is, and when she finally speaks out, it will destroy him.”
“I feel outraged. I feel empathy for the victims.”
Curry previously revealed that she reported Lauer for sexual harassment to NBC executives on a colleagues’ behalf in 2012 – something the execs have since denied, according to The Washington Post. She told The Post that she acted after a female staffer came to her in tears. Curry explained,
“She was afraid of losing her job. […] I believed her. I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women.”
According to Ronan Farrow’s book, that woman was a former entertainment booker for NBC, who told Curry that Lauer, quote, “propositioned and exposed himself” to her.
Perhaps all these years later, Curry is preparing to come forward with the rest of what she knows, seeing as she wasn’t afraid to be vocal about her support for Brooke Nevils. Curry tweeted on Wednesday, October 9th,
“Brooke Nevils is a credible young woman of good character. She came to NBC News an eager and guileless 20-something, brimming with talent. I believe she is telling the truth. And that breaks my heart.”
All of this comes almost two years after Lauer’s shocking firing. Only time will tell what else may unfold – and if Curry will reveal what she knows.
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