A TV host attached to NBC has been fired from the media house following a string of sexual harassment allegations against him.
‘Today’ co-host, Matt Lauer, was let go after a woman approached the network executives on Monday, and two more on Wednesday; all accusing the media figure, who has been at NBC for close to 20 years, of sexual harassment.
One of the women is said to have narrated how Lauer summoned her to his office in 2001, locked the door (by pressing a button while at his desk), asked her to unbutton her blouse before proceeding to pull down her pants and engaging in intercourse with her.
The woman adds that she passed out midway and had to be taken by Lauer’s assistant to see medical personnel.
In a memo addressed to the rest of the staff on his firing, NBC Chairman Andrew Lack said, “While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Matt Lauer joins a number of other high profile Hollywood personalities to have had their careers washed down the drown due to sexual harassment claims in recent times; the rest include Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.