Hoping to rebound after a very tough week, NBC has announced the findings of the investigation into sex pervert Matt Lauer’s workplace conduct and it cleared itself of any wrongdoing.
The former Today Show host was fired last November after explosive allegations of abuse including bending a woman over a chair in his office and giving it to her to the point where she passed out. He also had a setup in his desk where he could lock his door remotely, trapping prospective victims inside and at one time, a huge bag of sex toys was discovered in an office closet.
The timing of the report is suspicious as it comes while the network is circling the wagons around star ex-anchor Tom Brokaw who is facing sexual misconduct charges of his own.
The findings have found that management did not know of Lauer’s workplace sexual abuses until the incident that he lost his job over.
An internal NBC investigation found that the network’s management was not aware of the sexual misconduct allegations against former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, only learning of them when four women went public in November, the New York Daily News reported.
The findings were based on interviews with 68 current and former employees of the company that were conducted after Lauer was fired in Novembers following one allegation against him, according to the Daily News.
Three more women came forward with allegations against Lauer after he was fired.
Some of the women said they had complained to senior managers about Lauer but had been ignored.
NBC’s investigation confirmed the complaints by the four women but said their concerns weren’t brought to the attention of managers until November.
Additional details via The New York Daily News:
But the report, led by NBC general counsel Kim Harris, didn’t paint an entirely rosy picture of the network’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations.
A woman who said she had a sexual encounter with Lauer in 2001 told the internal team that she informed her manager in or around 1996 about a troubling encounter with the NBC star.
The woman said Lauer “placed his hand on her thigh and made a sexually suggestive comment,” the report says.
The manager asked about the woman’s well-being. Then the pair agreed that the woman would not be assigned to any projects that would have required her to travel with Lauer.
The manager told the team conducting the probe that she did not recall reporting the incident to anyone, the report says.
Among the more disturbing allegations that emerged in the wake of Lauer’s firing were accounts of the “Today” anchor using a secret button under his desk to lock his office door after inviting in women.
But the report pushes back against the idea that the device was installed for nefarious purposes.
“The button is a commonly available feature in executive offices in multiple NBCU facilities to provide an efficient way to close the door without getting up from the desk,” it says. “It does not lock the door from the inside.”
I don’t know about you but this has about all of the credibility of the Soprano crime family conducting an internal audit at the Bada Bing club.