Matt Lauer’s wife long-suffering wife Annette Roque has reportedly left New York for her native Netherlands amid allegations that her husband sexually assaulted and abused multiple female staffers at NBC.
Lauer was abruptly fired from his post as co-anchor of the Today show earlier this week after a female employee claimed to NBC’s Human Resources that he had sexually harassed her during the network’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Subsequent reports in Variety and the New York Times cited multiple sources who claimed that Lauer has engaged in a pattern of sexually predatory behavior over the years, including allegedly exposing himself to a female employee and having sex with another in his office who felt helpless to acquiesce.
Sources reportedly told the New York Post that Roque fled the couple’s Hamptons home on Wednesday, amid the media frenzy surrounding Lauer’s abrupt firing. She also reportedly took the couple’s two younger children out of school, but it is not known if they remained in New York.
“Annette has taken their two younger kids out of school and is believed to have left the US and gone to her family in her native country,” a source told the newspaper, which reports that Roque’s mother is believed to live in Amsterdam.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Dutch model had filed for divorce from Lauer in 2006, when she was pregnant, citing “cruel and inhumane” treatment. By the time she gave birth two months later to their son Thijs, who is now 11, she had withdrawn the filing.
Roque had not made any public comments about the allegations against her husband, but Lauer’s first wife Nancy Alspaugh has spoken out in support of him, claiming the allegations are out of character and indicating some of the accusations may be untrue.
The couple’s eldest child, 16-year-old Jack, is reportedly in prep school somewhere outside of New York City. Page Six had earlier reported that Lauer went to visit his son on Wednesday in order to discuss the allegations in person.
[Feature image: Associated Press/Annette Roque and Matt Lauer]