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

That story was the beginning of Weinstein's downfall and followed soon after by the release of McGowan's memoir Brave

That story was the beginning of Weinstein's downfall and followed soon after by the release of McGowan's memoir Brave

Besides seeking additional complaints, the Lauer investigation was meant to discover whether anyone in a position of authority within NBC News knew about inappropriate workplace behavior by Lauer prior to November 27, 2017.

NBCUniversal said managers at its venerable U.S. version of Today and at NBC News had no knowledge of inappropriate behavior by star anchor Matt Lauer prior to November of a year ago, when he was summarily dismissed from NBC after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

"All four women who came forward confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer", the report said.

However, the former NBC star says that when the network launched an investigation into Lauer's sexual misconduct, they never contacted her despite reports from the legal team stating otherwise.

"We found no evidence indicating that any NBC News or Today Show leadership, News HR or others in positions of authority in the News Division received any complaints about Lauer's workplace behavior prior to November 27, 2017", the report stated. "Every such individual credibly responded that they had no such knowledge". They had heard rumors but thought Lauer was confining his extra-marital activity to outside the workplace. "Like many of you, I am immensely proud of NBC News, its history, and the work we do", he wrote. "But that history also includes a time when people were not comfortable coming forward to voice complaints about repugnant behavior". That is not acceptable.

"We can not change the past", Lack said.

NBC's ideological colleagues throughout the establishment media - CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, etc., will allow NBC to turn the page on this scandal, using the fig leaf of this whitewash. "That requires strong, specific steps in a sustained manner to transform the culture".

He was sacked shortly after.

According to People, Matt Lauer's wife Annette is "barely speaking" to him at this time.

His accusers told investigators they did not tell their managers or anyone in charge about their interactions with the former "Today" anchor. Curry took the woman's complaint to two managers, she told The Post. They said, you know, women needed - and employees needed to feel much more comfortable about doing that at NBC and suggested some ways that that could be accomplished. "Lauer also was described as a very private person who acted as a friend and professional mentor to both men and women alike over decades at the Today Show".

However, when NBC released their report, none of the harassment Curry talked about was mentioned and in fact, the company's internal investigation concluded that there was "no evidence" of wrongdoing in how the Lauer case was handled. "Information HR instantly reported the matter to a senior employment lawyer at NBCUniversal (the "Firm"), the company guardian of the Information Division". "I ask NBCUniversal to retain an outside investigator to look into sexual harassment and any coverup of sexual harassment at NBC News".

The investigation team consulted with two outside law firms about this investigation. And the findings of the report - that no one in management knew about Lauer's behavior with junior colleagues - are not likely to quell that criticism. The sleuths examined company email and texting accounts of Lauer, as well as executives at NBC News and the "Today" show. Multiple staffers who spoke to THR said they felt that inquiry should have been outsourced, if only because the optics of an internal inquiry are less than favorable.

"There needs to be an independent investigation for this to be credible", Press Forward, a group started by current and former journalists to address harassment, said in a statement.

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