The constant barrage of sexual assault allegations against celebrities, politicians, and media titans continued Wednesday with the news that Matt Lauer was fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”
Shortly after we learned of NBC’s actions, Vanity Fair published a detailed account of the horrific behavior Matt Lauer is alleged to have engaged in.
Later in the day, the New York Times detailed additional allegations that include one woman’s account of an incident that is truly shocking.
In 2001, the woman said, Mr. Lauer, who is married, asked her to his office to discuss a story during a workday. When she sat down, she said, he locked the door, which he could do by pressing a button while sitting at his desk. (People who worked at NBC said the button was a regular security measure installed for high-profile employees.)
The woman said Mr. Lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. She said the anchor then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair and had intercourse with her. At some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. She woke up on the floor of his office, and Mr. Lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse.
The woman told The Times that Mr. Lauer never made an advance toward her again and never mentioned what occurred in his office. She said she did not report the episode to NBC at the time because she believed she should have done more to stop Mr. Lauer. She left the network about a year later.
This story is anything but complete and deserves to see the light of day.
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