Internal NBC Review Claims 'No Evidence' Execs Knew of Matt Lauer's Abuse

Internal NBC Review Claims 'No Evidence' Execs Knew of Matt Lauer's Abuse

Internal NBC Review Claims 'No Evidence' Execs Knew of Matt Lauer's Abuse

The investigators also said there was no evidence NBC had a systemic culture of harassment.

Lauer, in a statement, acknowledged "past relationships" with co-workers, but alluded to some differences of opinion with NBCU findings, which he did not detail.

"That is not acceptable", NBC News President Andy Lack said in an email to staff, provided to HuffPost.

In a memo to employees on Wednesday, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack wrote, "We can not change the past. What we can do is learn from it, and try to make it right", NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said.

General counsel Kim Harris led the review, along with two outside law firms.

Investigators found no evidence that anyone "in position of authority" at NBC News knew that Lauer had sexual relationships with others in the company until the November 27 complaint by a woman about an affair that began at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Within two days of that complaint, Lauer was sacked. "In the course of the interview, Lauer admitted to participating in sexual exercise with the complainant". "Lauer's departure took place amidst the larger "#MeToo" movement that seeks to hold accountable people who have subjected others to sexual harassment or worse.

While the NBC memo said it was the first complaint it received about Lauer, it added it had "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident".

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The report countered a claim by former "Today" anchor Ann Curry, who said she reported Lauer's misconduct in 2012. The complainant claimed her manager "inquired about her well-being", and both agreed she would not be assigned to projects that would require her to travel with Lauer. She refused to disclose any names.

According to the NBCUniversal facilities team, the button is a commonly available feature in executive offices in multiple NBCUniversal facilities to provide an efficient way to close the door without getting up from the desk. Curry declined to comment on NBC's recent release.

'I was never going to let my story be on NBC, but I wanted to ensure that the Times would do it, and everybody before had folded, ' explains McGowan.

Rose McGowan is making new claims about her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein which finally came to light a year ago. Five days passed between the time she alerted HR and the time company representatives interviewed her.

Although the investigation crew states that the majority witnesses "had optimistic issues to say about Lauer's demeanor within the office" and described him as "a really non-public one who acted as a good friend {and professional} mentor to each women and men alike", others identified that the newsman usually made sexually charged feedback and jokes.

A scathing Variety report past year laid out accusations against Lauer that ranged from gifting sex toys to exposing his penis. There was no mention of a former NBC News employee's accusation last month that former "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances on her, which he has denied.

Lauer said in his public apology he was sorry for the people he hurt.

Chris Gardner, the reporter who interviewed McGowan, noted the former "Charmed" star was upset, in part, because Obama's daughter, Malia, had once interned at the now-defunct Weinstein Company. "Many interviewed expressed shock upon studying press experiences relating to Lauer's alleged conduct, together with workers who spent important quantities of time with Lauer due to their job duties or having recognized him for years".

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