After NBC News announced Wednesday morning it fired Today host Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior" toward a colleague, two more women have made complaints to the network related to Lauer, a person with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times.
One of those women, a former employee, spoke to the Times but asked that her name not be used. She said in 2001, Lauer asked her to come into his office, and he had sex with her. The woman said she was afraid she might lose her job, and because she felt ashamed about what happened, she didn't tell the company.
After Lauer's firing was announced, Variety published a report with several accounts of Lauer making women he worked with uncomfortable and upset, including giving one colleague a sex toy with a note "about how he wanted to use it on her." The report also included the disturbing detail that in Lauer's office, he had a button under his desk "that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up," making it easier for him to "initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him." Catherine Garcia