Variety publishes lurid story charging Matt Lauer with sexual mi - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Variety publishes lurid story charging Matt Lauer with sexual misconduct

Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, May 19, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, May 19, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

(RNN) - Variety has published the lurid article it had already been working on for weeks when NBC suddenly fired Today Show co-host Matt Lauer on Wednesday for allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior at work.

NBC announced Wednesday that its star news man had been fired from his $25-million-a-year job after an NBC employee complained on Monday night about improper sexual conduct. Variety said the behavior began at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued for several months.

[Read the Variety story here.]

The magazine, along with the New York Times, had been investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by Lauer, performing “dozens of interviews” with current and former staff members at NBC.

Variety wrote that it had talked to three women who said they were sexually harassed at work by Lauer, and their stories were corroborated by friends and colleagues the accusers told of the incidents at the time they allegedly occurred.

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said the complaint filed on Monday was the first in Lauer’s more than 20 years with the company, but they acted quickly and notified Lauer of his dismissal late Tuesday night.

“We were also presented with reason to believe that this may not have been an isolated incident,” Lack said in a statement that was read live on Wednesday's Today Show by Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie.

But Variety said it had spoken to several other women who said they had complained to management with no results.

Copyright 2017 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • FOX & CNN News StoriesMore>>

  • Twitter takes aim at spambots with new rules

    Twitter takes aim at spambots with new rules

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:59 AM EST2018-02-22 14:59:58 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:26 AM EST2018-02-22 15:26:18 GMT
    The goal is to prevent users from creating or controlling accounts in an organized fashion to achieve a particular goal. Twitter would not comment on how many accounts it recently removed or verified. (Source: WABC/CNN)The goal is to prevent users from creating or controlling accounts in an organized fashion to achieve a particular goal. Twitter would not comment on how many accounts it recently removed or verified. (Source: WABC/CNN)

    The goal is to prevent users from creating or controlling accounts in an organized fashion to achieve a particular goal.

    More >>

    The goal is to prevent users from creating or controlling accounts in an organized fashion to achieve a particular goal.

    More >>
  • Improved FluMist nasal spray approved to return next flu season

    Improved FluMist nasal spray approved to return next flu season

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:48 AM EST2018-02-22 13:48:12 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:32 AM EST2018-02-22 14:32:25 GMT

    The nasal spray had been off the market for two years because of its poor performance compared to the flu shot.

    More >>

    The nasal spray had been off the market for two years because of its poor performance compared to the flu shot.

    More >>
  • Teen makes prosthetic arm for veteran dad

    Teen makes prosthetic arm for veteran dad

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:25 AM EST2018-02-22 14:25:08 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:30 AM EST2018-02-22 14:30:18 GMT

    The high school senior, who wants to go into robotics in college, designed a three-month thesis project. His mission: to build an arm for his father injured in a 2003 RPG attack in Iraq.

    More >>

    The high school senior, who wants to go into robotics in college, designed a three-month thesis project. His mission: to build an arm for his father injured in a 2003 RPG attack in Iraq.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly