Matt Lauer apologises after sexual assault allegations

Matt Lauer, yet another high profile American, has apologised following sexual assault allegations against him – NBC News fires Matt Lauer after sexual misconduct review

Matt Lauer, a familiar face in morning news as the anchor of “Today” for two decades, was fired by NBC News on Wednesday after a female colleague made a detailed complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The accusation also noted that the alleged behavior continued in the workplace after the games, NBC News confirmed.

Later on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that two more women had made complaints about Lauer after he was fired. An unidentified former employee told The Times that Lauer sexually assaulted her in his office in 2001. NBC officials confirmed that two more accusers had come forward on Wednesday. And Variety published a more sweeping account of Lauer’s sexual misconduct with at least three women over several years.

In a memo to employees sent Wednesday morning, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the complaint prompted a serious review and represented a “clear violation of our company’s standards.”

Lack said it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer, 59, for his behavior since he took over as anchor of the show in 1997, but there was “reason to believe” it may not have been an isolated incident.

“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender,” Lack said.

Lauer denies some allegations but has apologised: Matt Lauer, fired ‘Today’ anchor accused of sexual misconduct, says ‘I am truly sorry’

Longtime “Today” anchor Matt Lauer broke his silence Thursday in a statement read on the show, saying he was “truly sorry” after a detailed complaint of sexual misconduct led to his firing.

Lauer said that not all of the allegations that have followed are correct, but he admitted that “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.” “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie read the statement.

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC,” wrote Lauer, a married father of three.

“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job,” he added. “The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

That’s unusually direct and seems to take responsibility and sounds properly apologetic, but it’s unlikely to be the end of Lauer’s problems, after already being dumped from a very highly paid career with limited prospects of another similar job.

12 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  December 1, 2017

    another prat using NZ as a bolthole and upsetting locals with his… lies and selfish attitude to NZ’s flora and fauna.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 1, 2017

      Some of the locals don’t like competition in those behaviours, B.

  2. Maureen is

     /  December 1, 2017

    He’s sorry he got stopped. It’s not like he accidentally dropped a fragile item – this guy is another serial abuser.

  3. David

     /  December 1, 2017

    I dont think he will struggle he was one of the highest paid TV stars, another bloody pervy liberal Conyers, Franken, Spacey, Weinstein, Clinton etc etc all virtue signalling lefties its just nauseating.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 1, 2017

    One man has lost his job because of a complaint that he put his hand on a woman’s back when she was distressed about something. This friendly gesture was described as ‘inappropriate’.

    How absurd.

    • MaureenW

       /  December 1, 2017

      Not quite …
      “I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness, and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized,” Keillor told the newspaper in an email. “I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 1, 2017

        Yes, I read that in the Herald. But whether that was enough to make someone lose their job is dubious. I took it to mean that his hand was on her back and went inside the shirt there. If she said that he wasn’t to think about it, she should have left it at that.

        Things like that make women look feeble, If a woman did that to a man, he would be unlikely to make such a fuss that the woman lost her job, I imagine.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 1, 2017

    I wonder how many people here have even heard of half of these people and are not really interested in the long ‘new’s items about them that take up so much of our news here,

    • MaureenW

       /  December 1, 2017

      This interest in this story is watching all these media-progressives who have been squawking about how boorish Trump is, being exposed for their own loathsomeness and hypocrisy,

    • phantom snowflake

       /  December 1, 2017

      The main flaw in that article is that the author conflates rape and sex. I’m hoping you know the difference…

    • phantom snowflake

       /  December 1, 2017

      Also I’m a bit concerned for women in your world in case you might think you have compelling “evolutionary reasons” to rape.