Matt Lauer, the prominent NBC figure was fired on Wednesday on the accusation of alleged sexual harassment acts amidst massive sexual assault allegations being placed around the media. Matt Lauer, 59, now joins the list of high profile personalities, like Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Late Roger Ailes, Jeremy Piven, Mark Schwahn and many more.
Similar to the vehemently uprising sexual misconduct allegations, Matt Lauer is accused of alleged sexual misconduct, sexual advances, and sexual harassment by multiple women, who have kept their identity a secret.
With the sexual harassment on the line, reports also state that Matt repeatedly cheated Annette Roque, his wife of 19 years,
Shortly after NBC Network revealed that it fired Matt, who recently celebrated 20 years on Today Show, nasty details on the alleged sexual misconduct came to light, according to Variety. Matt inflicted sexual intentions filled comments to his colleagues, gifted one colleague a sex toy as a present with a note expressing his desire to use it on her.
Moreover Matt, who had a rumored relationship with another NBC figure Natalie Morales, also had a button somewhere in his desk so that he could invite female colleagues to his office, initiate inappropriate conversation, or do acts like showing them his penis or also play his rendition of 'F@#$ Marry or Kill.' All the while, the button ensured the door was locked from the inside, Variety reported exclusively.
The sexual harassment allegations also raised questions about his married life with wife Annette Roque. Sources close to Matt mentioned,
“He regularly cheated on his wife,” one source claims. “Everyone knew. His wife lives in the Hamptons and he lives in the city, but we never heard he made unwanted moves. That wasn’t a secret, but sexual [misconduct] is a shock,” adds the former Today staff member. “He was friendly and approachable with everyone, and was very well-liked.”
Another source added the reason behind his sexual misconduct at the workplace.
“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” this person said. “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.”
Variety, an established media outlet, led a two-month investigation with dozens of present and former NBC staffs associated with Matt Lauer one way or the other.
Unlike the case of Bill O'Reilly and Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer's alleged victims have asked to remain anonymous at the moment, fearing any media attention that can harm their professional status.
With a flow of detailed sexual misconduct and sexual harassment allegations, Matt Lauer, who held a prominent position at Today Show with an annual salary of $25 million a year, faced drastic termination.
Surprisingly, the firing of Matt Lauer from the NBC network managed to attract the attention of the President of United States. A Twitter account associated with President Trump tweeted on Wednesday, sharing the termination of Matt Lauer and further accusing the top executives of delivering the fake news.
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
On the critically reviewed matter like sexual harassment, NBC Chairman Andy Lack noted that this was the first time the network received a complaint about his behavior. Lack further said,
“We were also presented with reason to believe that this may not have been an isolated incident.”
However, despite being lashed out by the President, Andy Lack has only spoken on the Matt Lauer situation while Matt has not reportedly initiated any defense against alleged sexual misconduct allegations or his firing from the network.#American TV Journalist #Today #Dateline NBC #The Greatest American #Annette Roque