This may come as little surprise, but since the accusations involving NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer were revealed on its own air Wednesday morning, more alleged victims have come forward.
Now, The New York Times reported that two more women have come forward to report incidents of sexual harassment by the now-former NBC anchor:
On Wednesday, NBC received at least two more complaints related to Mr. Lauer, according to a person briefed on the network’s handling of the matter. One complaint came from a former employee who said Mr. Lauer had summoned her to his office in 2001 and then had sex with her. She provided her account to The New York Times but declined to let her name be used.
She told the Times that she felt helpless because she didn’t want to lose her job, and that she didn’t report the encounter at the time because she felt ashamed.
She said NBC’s human resources department had contacted her Wednesday to ask her about her allegations.
Variety exclusively reported Wednesday the former NBC morning show icon allegedly engaged in a string of unsavory sexual incidents. The allegations included Lauer having a remote control lock to his office on his desk to ensure privacy ... or lock people in.
Another woman came forward Monday but didn’t want to be identified:
On Wednesday morning, Ari Wilkenfeld, a civil rights lawyer with the firm Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson in Washington, said he represented the woman who had made the initial complaint to NBC, but declined to publicly identify her. In a statement provided to The Times, he said:
“My client and I met with representatives from NBC’s Human Resources and Legal Departments at 6 p.m. on Monday for an interview that lasted several hours. Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace."
He said his client wanted nothing from NBC except to do the right thing.