Tags: matt lauer | sexual misconduct | deny

NBC: Lauer Initially Denied Sexual Misconduct to Network Officials

NBC: Lauer Initially Denied Sexual Misconduct to Network Officials
Matt Lauer (Richard Drew/AP)

By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 08:56 PM

Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer initially denied being involved in sexual misconduct when first asked by network executives, NBC News reported Friday.

Following reports that two news outlets were working on stories about alleged sexual misconduct, executives asked Lauer directly about the issue. According to one executive, Lauer flatly denied it, saying he was "racking his brain and couldn't think of anything at all."

The network fired Lauer on Wednesday following credible accusations by a female colleague who claimed he had conducted inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which continued after the games ended.

NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and Chairman Andy Lack were among the executives who questioned Lauer. Lack issued a statement on Friday outlining the company's review of the events around Lauer's firing and steps being taken to reassure current employees regarding the network's policy on the issue.

"A team of the most experienced NBC Universal Legal and Human Resources leaders have begun a thorough and timely review of what happened and what we can do to build a culture of greater transparency, openness and respect for each other," Lack said.

"At the conclusion of the review we will share what we've learned, no matter how painful, and act on it," he continued. "We also learned that we must do a much better job of making people feel empowered to take that crucial first step of reporting bad behavior."

Lack also encouraged employees and managers to "speak up and raise any concerns you have about inappropriate conduct you have experienced or observed."

Following the initial claims of sexual misconduct by a fellow employee, NBC officials confirmed two more individuals had come forward with accusations against Lauer. The statement also said Lauer would not receive any sort of monetary settlement after his dismissal.

Lack promised employees he would "continue to share information and updates . . . in the days and weeks ahead."

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer initially denied being involved in sexual misconduct when first asked by network executives, NBC News reported Friday.
matt lauer, sexual misconduct, deny
319
2017-56-01
Friday, 01 December 2017 08:56 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved