Matt Lauer is accused of being a serial sexual harasser, sending lewd text messages to colleagues and inviting women into his locked private office, according to dozens of interviews conducted by ‘Variety.’
Matt Lauer’s life has been turned upside down on Wednesday (Nov 29) after he was fired from his hosting duties on NBC’s Today show since being accused of sexual misconduct with a former employee.
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” the studio’s president, Andrew Lack, said in a statement.
Now, new details pertaining to the former talk show host’s “inappropriate sexual behavior” have emerged, and they may leave you even more shocked than you were before.
Variety has now published a piece where several women have come forward with stories to tell about their encounter with the talk show host.
The publication notes a chilling detail on how Matt had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his office door from his seat.
Two women told Variety that he used the button to lure in female employees and initiate inappropriate acts, leaving zero chance on someone walking in. One act, in particular, was when he locked a woman in his office and dropped his pants showing her his penis.
Another woman said Matt gave her a sex toy as a present with a note that detailed how he wanted to use it on her.
“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” a former producer explains.
“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,” she added.
These alleged experiences were shared with Variety by multiple women who identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Matt.
Their stories have reportedly been corroborated by friends or colleagues, but at this time, they wish to remain anonymous, as they “fear professional repercussions”.
Additionally, dozens of current and former staffers also claimed that Matt would often quiz them.
Specifically, he’d ask female producers who they had slept with, and he’d often ask both men and female colleagues to play the game “f***, marry or kill,” during which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to have sex with.
NBC announced that Matt Lauer was fired from Today on Wednesday morning, Nov. 29. The reason for his exit was reportedly due to another NBC employee, who complained about experiencing “inappropriate sexual conduct” at the hands of Matt, which started during the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and lasted for several months.
It’s unclear if NBC will continue paying Lauer–who makes a reported $25 million a year–through the rest of his contract, which is set to expire at the end of 2018.