NBC’s Today Show anchor Matt Lauer was fired Tuesday night after he was accused of sexual misconduct. The details of that incident and others are beginning to seep out and they are very salacious.
TMZ is reporting that Lauer not only exposed himself to a co-worker but gifted another one a sex toy. However, it appears that those instances are simply a scratch on the surface of the accusations against him.
One woman says Lauer once delivered a sex toy to a female co-worker, and attached an explicit note … detailing how he’d use it on her. Several accusers claim his office was ground zero for much of the sexual misconduct. For instance, he allegedly called a female employee into his office … dropped [trousers], and flaunted his penis.
TMZ also got a hold of a video where then-co-host Meredith Vieira is leaning over to get something off a table in front of Lauer and he creepily whispers to her “Keep bending over like that. It’s a nice view.”
According to Variety, the immediate cause of his dismissal, “according to sources, was a detailed complaint from another current NBC employee about inappropriate sexual conduct from Lauer that started on a trip at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued for several months.”
Variety also talked to several women who complained to higher-ups about Lauer’s inappropriate behavior to no avail. Today is a very profitable property for NBC and they probably didn’t want to upset the goos-er who laid the golden eggs.
Despite being married, Lauer was fixated on women, especially their bodies and looks, according to more than 10 accounts from current and former employees. He was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages. He once made a suggestive reference to a colleague’s performance in bed and compared it to how she was able to complete her job, according to witnesses to the exchange. For Lauer, work and sex were intertwined.
“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” says a former producer who knew first-hand of these encounters. “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.”
Even former co-host Katie Couric wasn’t free from his abuse…