Matt Lauer ‘Showed his Penis to one Female Employee, Bought a Sex Toy for Another, and Could Lock his Office Door from a Button Under his Desk’

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Matt Lauer Showed his Penis to one Female Employee Bought a Sex Toy for Another and Could Lock his Office Door from a Button Under his Desk
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An explosive expose about Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual harassment of female employees at NBC reveals that the anchor allegedly flashed his penis at one woman and bought another a sex toy.

Variety spoke with 10 past and present workers at the company who accused Lauer of a vast array of sexual misconduct, including the woman who claims that she was sexually assaulted by the show’s long-time anchor beginning in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics.

That woman also shared her account with the human resources and legal departments of NBC News on Monday.

NBC launched an investigation into her claims on Tuesday morning which ultimately led to Lauer’s firing that same evening.

That swift response was still not enough for some women however, who said their complaints to executives at the company fell on deaf ears.

Those interviewed said it was at the OIympic Games where Lauer made moves on a number of female staff members.

‘Lauer would invite women employed by NBC late at night to his hotel room while covering the Olympics in various cities over the years,’ claims Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh.

‘He later told colleagues how his wife had accompanied him to the London Olympics because she didn’t trust him to travel alone.’

None of the 10 individuals who spoke with Variety are identified in the piece, including the woman who got the sex toy along with ‘an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her.’

That woman said she was ‘mortified,’ while a fellow co-worker’s state was described as ‘visibly shaken’ after Lauer allegedly flashed her in his office.

When she did not do anything, Lauer reportedly ‘reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.’

And in that office Lauer had a device under his desk that allowed him to lock the door, something he had added after the departure of his co-host Katie Couric in 2006.

‘His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up,’ writes Setoodeh.

‘This afforded him the assurance of privacy. It allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him.’

That information came courtesy of two of the women who spoke with the writer of the piece.

‘There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,’ said one producer.

‘He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.’

While not named, one woman in particular seemed to catch Lauer’s eye according to thse interviewed for the piece.
‘Several employees recall how he paid intense attention to a young woman on his staff that he found attractive, focusing intently on her career ambitions,’ reads the story.

‘And he asked the same producer to his hotel room to deliver him a pillow.’

Lauer’s fixation on woman’s bodies and physical appearance is also a big part of the story, with multiple people saying that he would often play the game ‘F***, Marry or Kill’ with staffers.

One of the show’s anchors would often gossip about Lauer’s sexual escapades according to staffers while a former reporter said: ‘Management sucks there. They protected the s*** out of Matt Lauer.’

He is exiting meanwhile in the wake of his longtime booker Matt Zimmerman also loosing his job.

Zimmerman was also dismissed for sexual harassment.

Lauer leaves his job as the longest-running morning show anchor on network television and the highest paid, taking home an annual salary of $25million prior to his termination.

Lack told staffers on Friday during their editorial call that Lauer had expressed remorse when he informed him of the network’s decision to terminate his contract, less than 24 hours after an investigation was launched into his accuser’s claims.

‘This is a sad morning here at Today and NBC News,’ said a tearful Savannah Guthrie while revealing the news at the start of the popular morning show.

Guthrie then read the letter that NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack had sent to employees just moments before, which stated that Lauer’s alleged offense may not have been an ‘isolated incident.’

‘We learned this moments ago, just this morning. As you can imagine, we are devastated. And we are still processing all of this,’ said Guthrie on Tuesday morning.

‘I will tell you, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story, as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we’ll learn more details in the hours and days to come. We promise to share that with you.’

The scandal was later addressed by former Today host Natalie Morales on Access Hollywood early Wednesday afternoon, who addressed the long-held rumors that she and Lauer had a relationship during her time on the show.

‘I woke up to the news like everyone this morning — just in shock. The Today show of course, has been my family for 16 years now and it is difficult. I think everyone is saying how difficult it is to process the news,’ said Morales.

‘I have personally dealt with rumors in the past for years that were hurtful to me, my family – they diminished my hard work. I’ve addressed those rumors head-on in the past. That is not the story today.’

She then firmly stated: ‘The story today is the courage of a colleague who did come forward, and when and if she wants to tell her story publicly, I’m sure she will. But it did take a lot of courage for her to come forward. It was no doubt a very painful decision.’

It seems that he will not be missed by all of his past and former co-workers however, with former MSNBC host Keith Olberman tweeting: ‘Matt Lauer was remorsely vindictive and tyrannical to everyone at NBC News and management repeatedly enabled him and buried the issue.’

Civil rights lawyer Ari Wilkenfeld is representing the woman accusing Lauer, who met with the Times on Monday but said she was not yet ready to reveal her identity or share her story.

‘My client and I met with representatives from NBC’s Human Resources and Legal Departments at 6 p.m. on Monday for an interview that lasted several hours,’ said Wilkenfeld in a statement to DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
‘Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.’

He went on to state: ‘While I am encouraged by NBC’s response to date, I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing.’

Guthrie maintained her composure throughout the opening segment despite tearing up at times, and at one point was clutching on to co-host Hoda Kotb.

‘Hoda, I mean, you know, for the moment, all we can say is we are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner. And he is beloved by many, many people here,’ said Guthrie.
‘And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague that came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.’

Guthrie, in comments that very much echoed the ones made just last week by CBS This Morning hosts Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, then spoke about this watershed moment for victims of sexual misconduct.

‘We are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these weeks. How do you reconcile your love for someone with the recognition that they have behaved badly. And I don’t know the answer to that,’ said Guthrie.

‘But I know this reckoning that so many organizations have been going through is important. It’s long overdue. And it must result in workplaces where all women, all people, feel safe and respected.’

She then stated: ‘As painful as it is this moment in our culture, and this change, had to happen.’
Guthrie and Kotb learned the news just before they went on air, as did the rest of the NBC News staff.

‘On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,’ wrote Lack in his letter.

‘It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior 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.

‘Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.

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