Sex Toys, Penis Shots, & Sexting: Details Emerge About Matt Lauer's Sexual Harassment

The details of the sexual harassment complaints against former Today Show host Matt Lauer have finally emerged, and even by 2017 standards, they are pretty remarkable.

But perhaps more disturbing than the details of the actual harassment is the fact that - like the executives at Weinstein Co. and ABC News - the brass at NBC’s news division were repeatedly approached by female employees and warned about Lauer’s behavior. Yet they did nothing, because they didn’t want to jeopardize any of the lucrative advertising deals tied to Today and Lauer.

Fearing being followed by tabloid reporters, Lauer reportedly pursued relationships with female colleagues because he is married and feared being caught cheating. He kept an office in a secluded space at 30 Rock, and even had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside, which is incredibly creepy.

Variety's story is the result of a monthslong investigation, which suggests that - contrary to the network's official story - NBC knew the expose was coming and decided to get out in front of it.

Several women told Variety they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding “Today.” NBC declined to comment. For most of Lauer’s tenure at “Today,” the morning news show was No. 1 in the ratings, and executives were eager to keep him happy.

In its report, Variety paints Lauer as vain, crude and lecherous - a far cry from the “America’s Dad” image he cultivated at Today.

The daytime host was reportedly “obsessed” with women’s bodies and had numerous affairs with female employees at NBC.

Despite being married, Lauer was fixated on women, especially their bodies and looks, according to more than 10 accounts from current and former employees. He was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages. He once made a suggestive reference to a colleague’s performance in bed and compared it to how she was able to complete her job, according to witnesses to the exchange. For Lauer, work and sex were intertwined.

 

“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” says a former producer who knew first-hand of these encounters. “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain."

In one shocking anecdote, a producer recounted how Lauer exposed himself to her after inviting her to his office.

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

Lauer also had a bizarre penchant for playing “f---, marry, kill” with colleagues, a game popular among teenage boys.

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.

He even reportedly gave one colleague a sex toy as a gift with a note saying he’d like to use it on her.

As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

Of course, the complaint that led to Lauer's dismissal was about inapporpriate sexual contact that started when Lauer and an NBC News team were covering the Olympics in Sochi.

On Wednesday, NBC announced that Lauer was fired from “Today.” It was a stunning move for a co-host who was widely considered the crown jewel of the network’s news division, with a $25 million annual salary. The cause of his dismissal, according to sources, was a detailed complaint from another current NBC employee about inappropriate sexual conduct from Lauer that started on a trip at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued for several months.

Even the male employees Lauer surrounded himself with at Today were sexual harassers. As Variety reports, the spotlight on Lauer intensified earlier this month, when his longtime booker Matt Zimmerman was fired over sexual harassment complaints. The two were very close, and Lauer had promoted Zimmerman to a high executive position and offered him a powerful perch.

Lauer is undoubtedly one of the most visible media figures to be felled by the widening national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace. The scandal is yet another embarassment for NBC  after the network was criticized for turning down Ronan Farrow’s first Harvey Weinstein expose. With Charlie Rose and Lauer gone, Daytime television has now lost two of its most prominent male co-hosts.

Despite Variety's reporting to the contrary, one of the heads of NBC News said the network received its first complaint about Lauer in 20 years on Monday.

The employee met with human resources at NBC on Monday night. In a statement, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack called this the first complaint about his behavior in over 20 years and acknowledged that it may not be the last: “We were also presented with reason to believe that this may not have been an isolated incident,” Lack said.

As is the case with so many of the men who’ve been accused of harassment or rape, Lauer is also a hypocrite. In one memorable interview with Bill O’Reilly after the former Fox star was fired from the network, Lauer applauded the women for having the courage to come forward and accuse someone with so much power.

In an interview with reports after news of Lauer's firing broke, Megyn Kelly, who recently joined NBC from Fox News, said she knew ahead of time that Charlie Rose was going down, and she said she'd heard rumors about Lauer, according to the Daily Mail.

However, she said she had hoped they weren't true.

'I didn't have any official knowledge but because of the work I do and the stories I cover and the connections I have in the industry, I have a general feel for - I knew the Charlie Rose thing was coming - and I'd heard rumors about Matt but that's all they were.

In September, Lauer asked Fox News star anchor Bill O’Reilly if he’d ever sent lewd text messages to colleagues. “Think about those … women and what they did,” Lauer said. “They came forward and filed complaints against the biggest star at the network they worked at. Think about how intimidating that must have been. Doesn’t that tell you how strongly they felt about you?”

We couldn't agree more, Matt.

Comments

Automatic Choke God Emperor Thu, 11/30/2017 - 02:52 Permalink

I've never understood the "penis photo" thing.   They all pretty much look alike, is this supposed to entice the intended partner?   (Ditto twat shots -- I defy most of us males to be able to identify the property of our multi-decade mates amongst close-up photos of a dozen others.....).Offers of backrubs, dancing, trips to Tahiti, money, candlelight dinners, disco thumping all night long.....any of these I would understand, but why would you think that it is to your advantage to snap a photo of your junk?Are these guys nuts, or am I just really, really, out of touch? 

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Refuse-Resist Beowulf55 Thu, 11/30/2017 - 06:25 Permalink

She knew. I think most women who marry rich, powerful, famous men know.Such men are irresistable to many women.As if a 18 year old Brooke Shields were walking around your workplace in a bikini every day.That's what its like for these y oung women in the behind the scenes jobs -- power and $$ are aphrodisiacs to them.Lauer had money and power. I;m sure him being jewish is just a cohencidence because they never use nepotism but I digress.And presumably had consensual relationships with more than a few. The ones complaining are the ones that didn;t take the bait.I'm not a MGTOW but AWALT.A certain percentage will control themselves but many cannot.Women are just as responsible for the sexual marketplace as men.To any women who disagree I point out: 50 Shades of Grey - the best selling book of all time -- where a handsome billionaire showers attention on a rather plain woman, degrades and abuses her, and gives her some D.You can't tell me that many women won't want to be treated like the mian character, as long as the guy is a handsome billionaire.If it's you or me? Not so much.LOLAWALT.

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Mr. Universe jcaz Wed, 11/29/2017 - 20:46 Permalink

I'm still waiting for the Weiner 'Insurance" files. This folks, is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe there is no chance for a course correction either, these folks are all going down. Planned demolition that protects the Deep State and then offers up a "solution". Yeah that's the ticket.

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Giant Meteor limpinalien69 Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:46 Permalink

Seems to me the swamp has been draining the weenie ..Perversion? Yeah let's talk about perversion .."..  a co-host who was widely considered the crown jewel of the network’s news division, with a $25 million annual salary. "How's that for perversion ..Ya know, it occurs to me that Amerca just might have it's priorties a bit confused  ..What the fucking fuck, $25 million annual.  You don't say .. 

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OverTheHedge Government nee… Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:14 Permalink

Are these people inherently corrupt because of their Jewishness, or is the Jewishness incidental to their corruption? By that i mean that they are incidentally Jewish, in that given Jews have infiltrated all power structures, of course powerful and corrupt people are Jewish, but only because there aren't any non Jewish people left to be corrupt (except for Pocahontas, but she's special).

Of course, the huge oversupply of Jews at high level would suggest corruption in and of itself.

When it use the term "corruption", i mean it in the putrifying, rotting, liquifying corpse sense of the word.

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