Matt Lauer has broken five months of silence since allegations of sexual misconduct led to his ouster at NBC News to blast "many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me." In a statement to the Washington Post, Lauer says he "acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC" but denies allegations of "coercive, aggressive or abusive actions." The statement contrasts with an account from his former Today show co-host, Ann Curry, who says a female staffer tearfully told her in 2012 that she'd been "sexually harassed physically" by Lauer and feared losing her job. The unnamed staffer confirmed the story, per the Post.
Curry—who initially said she was unsurprised by the allegations against Lauer—says she afterward told two managers "to keep an eye on [Lauer] and how he deals with women." A rep, however, says NBC has no record of that warning. Indeed, when Lauer was fired based on a complaint that came in the midst of the #MeToo movement, NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in an email to colleagues that it was "the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he's been at NBC News," per USA Today. Various women have since said Lauer exposed himself, engaged in sex acts at work, and made sexually charged comments.(Another famous face is accused of sexual harassment at NBC.)