As the sexual harassment allegations against Matt Lauer pile up, a new accuser claims the fired NBC star sexually assaulted her in his office.
The unnamed woman says Lauer summoned her to his office in 2001, locked the door, and had sexual intercourse with her until she passed out.
The accuser told the New York Times that she was in her 40s and married but separated at the time. She later got divorced.
The accuser alleges that Lauer had called her to his NBC office to discuss a story for the “Today Show.” When she sat down, Lauer allegedly pressed a button under his desk that locked his office door, and asked her to unbutton her blouse. She complied.
The accuser says Lauer then stood up, pulled down his pants, bent her over a chair, and had sexual intercourse with her. The woman said she passed out at some point and woke up on the floor of the office with her pants pulled down.
Lauer then had his assistant take the woman to a nurse. The woman claims Lauer never mentioned the incident, and never hit on her again. She left NBC a year later.
Matt responded to the avalanche of allegations against him by saying he’s sorry:
Matt Lauer breaks silence: “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions” pic.twitter.com/9ZNFKBPeb4
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 30, 2017
The latest harrowing tale came just hours after Lauer was fired by NBC as a mountain of sexual harassment allegations pile up against him and other media figures.
Last week, CBS fired Charlie Rose amid accusations that he had sexually harassed and abused numerous female colleagues over the years.
This week, CNN fired a senior producer on Jake Tapper’s show over inappropriate behavior toward several women. The floodgates have opened since the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal rocked Hollywood.
In October 2017, NBC News reporter Ronan Farrow (the alleged estranged son of accused child molester Woody Allen) said NBC refused to run his story about Weinstein even though he had an audio tape of the film mogul harassing a woman.
When asked why NBC refused to run his story, Farrow shrugged: “You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives.”
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