In addition to years of alleged sexual harassment, now Matt Lauer is also being accused of sexual assault.
A former NBC employee told The New York Times that Lauer sexually assaulted her in 2001. The alleged victim claimed that Lauer often made sexual remarks to and about her before the assault. She claimed that Lauer asked her into his office (the same one with a button to lock his door from his desk), where he allegedly proceeded to tell the woman to unbutton her shirt, pulled her pants down, and penetrated her over a chair. The alleged victim says she blacked out and that when she woke up, Lauer was instructing his assistant to take her to a nurse.
The victim didn’t report the incident at the time because she was scared to lose her job, but left the company on her own a year later.
Lauer released a statement about his alleged sexual misconduct the day after it first made headlines.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said. “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. 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. 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.”
Read: “My bad, I got caught.”