Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

As the co-host of NBC's "Today," Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his -----. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they'd slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: "f -- , marry, or kill," in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he'd most like to sleep with.

More

Alternate links: Google News | Twitter

These accounts of Lauer's behavior at NBC are the result of a two-month investigation by Variety, with dozens of interviews with current and former staffers. Variety has talked to three women who identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Lauer, and their stories have been corroborated by friends or colleagues that they told at the time. They have asked for now to remain unnamed, fearing professional repercussions.

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

More from the article:

Several women told Variety they complained to executives at the network about Lauer's behavior, which fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding "Today." NBC declined to comment. For most of Lauer's tenure at "Today," the morning news show was No. 1 in the ratings, and executives were eager to keep him happy.

Insiders say that NBC was forced to act quickly after this week's complaint, given the severity of the accusations and the national dialogue around sexual harassment that has ended the careers of Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and other prominent men. Now, against a series of questions about the future of "Today," a troubling portrait has emerged of Lauer. In front of the camera, for more than two decades, Lauer had positioned himself as America's squeaky-clean dad. But behind the scenes, Lauer was a different person.

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.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-29 04:45 PM | Reply

That headline is hot.

#2 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-11-29 05:01 PM | Reply

Not to change or belittle the subject but this girlfriend I had gave me a bumper sticker that said "EAT,F___, KILL". I put it on my fridge with a magnet, I had all sorts of other stuff on there too.

Anyway months later I was burglarized and when the cop came to take a report and saw that, he didn't say anything but I'll never forget the look on his face.

#3 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-11-29 06:11 PM | Reply

NBC Receives at Least 2 New Complaints About Matt Lauer

www.nytimes.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-29 07:59 PM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2018 World Readable

Drudge Retort