Two more accusers have come forward with allegations against former Today show co-anchor Matt Lauer, who was fired on Tuesday night after a female staffer claimed he sexually assaulted her during NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The New York Times reports that two more women have come forward to report specific allegations against Lauer to NBC, and one of them claims she had sexual intercourse with him in his office in 2001.
The latest accuser, a former NBC staffer who has not been identified, reportedly claims that Lauer summoned her to his office for the purpose of having sex. The woman told the New York Times that she complied with the sexual activity because she felt helpless and that she didn’t report the incident, except to her husband at the time, because she felt ashamed.
The New York Times contacted the woman’s now-ex-husband, who she was separated from at the time of the alleged incident, and he corroborated her account.
The nature of the second accuser’s allegations are not yet known.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Variety published a report on Wednesday citing several current and former NBC employees who accused Lauer of exhibiting a pattern of sexual harassment and sexually predatory behavior. Some sources interviewed for the story said that NBC executives were aware of the allegations but “protected” the high-profile host.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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