NBC: Matt Lauer Misconduct Happened at Sochi Olympics

'New York Times' and 'Variety' were working on investigative pieces before he was fired
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Co-anchors Al Roker, from left, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb sit on the set of the of the "Today" show Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – The surprise announcement Wednesday morning that Matt Lauer had been fired effective immediately by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" will almost certainly not be the last damning story to emerge about him. Brian Stelter of CNN reports that the New York Times has been working on an investigative piece about Lauer for weeks. And it's not alone: Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh tweeted that he and fellow reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister have been investigating "serious sexual harassment allegations against Lauer" involving "multiple victims" for two months.

  • NBC aware: Wagmeister tweets that the network was aware of its reporting. "There are multiple women we've spoken to with far-ranging accusations against Lauer," she writes. In regard to the firing, NBC says it acted after receiving a "detailed complaint from a colleague" on Monday night, but did not provide details.
  • Olympics accusation: The New York Post reports that the allegation that led to Lauer's firing came from a female NBC staffer who went to HR on Monday and said that Lauer had sexually assaulted her during the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia in 2014. People and MSNBC also cited an alleged incident in Sochi, though without details. NBC later confirmed that the misconduct started in Sochi, and continued afterward, reports the AP.

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