Advocacy Groups Criticize NBC News' Handling of Matt Lauer Investigation

Rose Mc Gowan told The Hollywood Reporter she refused to let NBC run her sexual assault story

Rose Mc Gowan told The Hollywood Reporter she refused to let NBC run her sexual assault story

An advocacy group aimed at preventing sexual misconduct in newsrooms says an NBC investigation into misconduct claims against former "Today" show host Matt LauerMatthew (Matt) Todd LauerAshley Judd files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein NBC News chief: We take allegations against Brokaw "very seriously" Even for TV "royalty" Brokaw, "MeToo" claim is legacy-killer MORE doesn't go far enough.

News' internal investigation on Matt Lauer found that executives at "Today" and elsewhere at NBC News had no knowledge of inappropriate behavior by before last November, when an NBC News staffer came forward with a complaint.

A few employees who did have concerns "assumed nothing would be done to address them... given Lauer's perceived importance to the news division", the report said.

The women who accused Lauer, the report stated, "confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer".

While the four complainants didn't officially report the alleged behavior, they "said that they believe former NBC News or Today Show leadership knew or must have known about Lauer's alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".

"Like many of you, I am immensely proud of NBC News, its history and the work we do", Lack wrote. That is not acceptable.

He continued: "We can not change the past". What we can do is learn from it, and try to make it right.

Matt Lauer's wife, Annette Roque, is allegedly now preparing for divorce, and Matt's latest admission will probably only throw more fuel onto the fire.

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Another footnote states that former "Today" show anchor Ann Curry had previously stated publicly that a woman complained to her about Lauer's behavior and that Curry then told management that they should be concerned about his behavior.

The accusers' accounts were published in Variety, and the women claimed that they had told management but were ignored. They had heard rumors but thought Lauer was confining his extra-marital activity to outside the workplace.

Lauer was quickly fired, although he denies the charges.

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. NBC swiftly terminated the star who had a multi-million dollar contract, and this week, the network released their investigation results that concluded no high-level executives knew about his behavior before November.

Curry said she approached two members of NBC's management team after an NBC female staffer told her she was "sexually harassed physically" by Lauer.

Though the Post's recent report notes Curry said there was "pervasive verbal sexual harassment at NBC". If NBC was hoping this would settle the issue, that seems unlikely.

The report also attempted to clear up the drama surrounding the desk button in Lauer's office.

In response to the report, Lauer release a statement saying, "There are aspects of the NBC report with which I clearly disagree".

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