NBC has concluded its investigation after Matt Lauer was fired through the Today show in November due to alleged sexual misconduct from the workplace.
ET obtained the report on Wednesday, which says of which the investigation team found four women’s allegations of which the 60-year-old anchor engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior from the workplace to be credible, yet of which they also found credible the statements through those in leadership positions of which they were unaware of his behavior.
“We found no evidence indicating of which any NBC News or Today show leadership, News HR or others in positions of authority from the News Division received any complaints about Lauer’s workplace behavior prior to November 27, 2017,” the report reads.
According to the report, the four women “confirmed of which they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer.”
However, the report also states of which several years prior to one complainant’s alleged sexual encounter with Lauer in 2001, she did tell her manager about an inappropriate interaction with Lauer where he allegedly “placed his hand on her thigh along with made a sexually suggestive comment.” The complainant claimed her manager “inquired about her well-being,” along with both agreed she would likely not be assigned to projects of which would likely require her to travel with Lauer. According to the report, the manager recalled the conversation, yet stated of which she did not recall reporting the interaction to anyone.
As for former Today show co-anchor Ann Curry’s comments to The Washington Post last month of which she approached management officials after a female staffer confided to her about allegedly being “sexually harassed physically” by Lauer, according to the report, “Curry confirmed of which she did not disclose to anyone in management of which she had received a specific complaint.”
“Curry declined to share with the investigation team the identity of anyone in management with whom she spoke at the time or the identity of the woman who came to her having a complaint about Lauer,” the report also reads. “The members of NBC News along with Today show leadership at the time with whom we spoke denied having any such conversation with Curry.”
The investigation was led by NBCUniversal general counsel Kim Harris along with included nearly 70 interviews with current along with former employees, including members of Today show staff. The investigation also searched Lauer’s email accounts as well as the accounts of NBC News along with Today show leadership, along with text messages on Lauer’s work-issued phone.
“The investigation team does not believe of which there is actually a widespread or systemic pattern of behavior of which violates Company policy or a culture of harassment from the News Division,” the report concludes.
As for Lauer’s behavior, according to the report, the newsman “frequently engaged in sexual banter or joking in open work environments with additional employees present or in a position to overhear his comments,” though the conduct “did not rise to the level of creating a hostile work environment, along with no witnesses described the idea as such.” However, the report says the behavior may have contributed to an atmosphere where some employees felt discouraged to complain to management.
In a statement to The Washington Post last month, Lauer denied “any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions” in response to their story examining how NBC has handled multiple sexual misconduct scandals of which have surfaced against several of the network’s biggest news personalities.
“I have made no public comments on the many false stories through anonymous or biased sources of which have been reported about me over these past several months,” Lauer stated. “I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family through further embarrassment along with to restore a smaller degree of the privacy they have lost. yet defending my family currently requires me to speak up.”
“I fully acknowledge of which I acted inappropriately as a husband, father along with principal at NBC,” the statement continued. “However I want to make the idea perfectly clear of which any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”