Disgraced former morning news host Matt Lauer was accused this week of engaging in inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact with female NBC staffers, and a clip of his interview with former Today show co-anchor Meredith Viera looks far less innocent now in the wake of the numerous allegations against him.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, NBC fired Lauer on Tuesday night after a female employee reported to NBC’s Human Resources department that he allegedly sexually harassed her during the network’s coverage of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Within a day, Variety and the New York Times both published investigative reports, which NBC execs are said to have been aware were coming, that cited multiple sources who accused Lauer of ongoing harassment and predatory behavior.
One woman claims that Lauer summoned her to his office and exposed his genitals to her before reprimanding her for refusing his proposition. Another said that he invited her to his office for sex in 2001, and that she gave into his advances because she felt helpless.
Lauer released a statement of apology on Thursday, while indicating that he disagreed with some of the allegations against him.
“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort,” Lauer said in the statement originally submitted to CNN.
“It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws.”
Amid the shocking scandal, the Daily Mail unearthed a clip of Lauer appearing as a guest on his former colleague Meredith Viera’s short-lived talk show, Meredith. In the interview, Viera confronts Lauer about a bag of sex toys he once had in his office, and he claims it was given to both him and Viera by a Today show guest who was a sex therapist.
But Viera clearly says she doesn’t remember having a sex therapist on the show or being given a gift bag of sex toys.
Watch Lauer squirm here:
[Feature image: Associated Press]