Matt Lauer propositioned and exposed himself to a “As we converse” show producer — who then “melted in ache” recalling the sickening conduct to Ann Curry, a model new e book alleges.
Melissa Lonner, the NBC show’s then-entertainment booker, confided in Curry, Lauer’s co-host on the time, with reference to the horrific incident in 2010, in accordance to Ronan Farrow’s new tome “Catch and Kill.”
Farrow wrote that he met with Curry, and her face was “graven with concern” as she suggested him a few settlement NBC had made with a woman who disclosed a extreme allegation about Lauer.
“She suggested me that complaints about Lauer verbally harassing ladies throughout the office have been well-known in her day — and that after, in 2010, a colleague had pulled her into an empty office and broken down, saying Lauer had exposed himself and propositioned her,” Farrow writes.
The journalist says Curry suggested him, “It was as shut as you might get to a ladies merely melting in entrance of you in ache.”
Later, he discovered the woman’s identification: Lonner, the e book says.
Lonner suggested colleagues that on the time, Lauer had requested her to go away a chunk event, the place every had been at NBC headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Coronary heart in Manhattan, to be part of him throughout the office, in accordance to “Catch and Kill.”
Although Lonner thought it could possibly be educated meeting, Lauer closed the door, and as he made small talk about with reference to the cocktail event that they’d merely attended, “he unzipped his pants and exposed his erect penis,” the e book says.
Lonner, then separated from her husband, laughed and tried to get out of his office by joking she didn’t want to be intimate in a spot “the place all people else has executed it,” Farrow writes.
Nonetheless Lauer suggested her that “he knew that she wanted it,” the e book says.
In response to her joke about his office affairs, Lauer allegedly responded that he “figured she most well-liked it dirty” and that the encounter could possibly be “first for you.”
Then, she said, he acquired indignant, telling her, “Melissa, you’re a f–king tease. This is not good. You led me on,” the e book says.
Sources shut to Lauer disputed Lonner’s events to Farrow throughout the e book, saying he solely recalled making a joking lewd gesture.
Nonetheless the e book says Lonner was fixed as she suggested the an identical story throughout the years after.
She not at all went to higher-ups herself, and Lonner begged Curry and one different on-air character accustomed to her story not to reveal her determine to execs within the occasion that they did, saying Lauer would destroy her occupation, in accordance to the tome.
Nonetheless Curry did inform two senior executives, whom she has declined to determine, that they needed to do one factor about Lauer, the e book says.
Curry suggested Farrow, “I suggested them that that they’d a difficulty in him. That he had a difficulty with ladies. That that they’d to hold watch over him,” he writes.
Lonner tried to uncover one different job at one stage, landing a suggestion at CNN, the e book says. Nonetheless NBC execs suggested her that Lauer was insisting she hold, Farrow writes.
Then in 2013, she was fired allegedly with out trigger sooner than her contract was up. She consulted a lawyer, who suggested her the statute of limitations prevented her from making a harassment declare, the e book says.
Afterward, she was bizarrely offered a six-figure sum by NBC in alternate for signing a “launch of rights,” and he or she later suggested mates she believed it was to protect her from talking to the press, “Catch and Kill” says. She signed the settlement.
Info devices then began rising saying Lonner had been terribly troublesome to work with.
Lonner was unable to concentrate on her time at NBC instantly with Farrow due to the parting settlement she signed with NBC. The group disputed that her payout was related to the Lauer incident.
Lonner could not be reached for comment Monday.
NBC Info President Noah Oppenheim hit once more at Curry on Monday for her perform in all the ordeal, saying in a memo to staffers: “By her private account, Curry relayed no specific criticism, nor did she say Lauer’s ‘downside’ regarded any specific workplace misconduct.
“NBC [Universal] was prepared to converse with a form of former executives all through the 2018 consider and he or she denied having been suggested even this. On the time of the employee’s exit, three years later, she nonetheless had made no criticism about Lauer, was paid 22 weeks of severance based on her years of service, and was requested to sign a separation settlement that was regular for departing workers on the time.
“The same old separation settlement included a routine confidentiality clause that was designed to defend proprietary agency information. It was not drafted to forestall an employee from reporting misconduct, and it has not at all been used that technique.”