Matt Lauer's wife leaves family home amid sex allegations

Matt Lauer with his former “Today” colleagues Al Roker Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb in OctoberNBCU

Matt Lauer with his former “Today” colleagues Al Roker Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb in OctoberNBCU

Following the initial claims of sexual misconduct by a fellow employee, NBC officials confirmed two more individuals had come forward with accusations against Lauer.

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the network had never received a complaint about Lauer's conduct prior to Monday, but that "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident".

In response, Carlson, who left Fox News a year ago, asked O'Reilly on Twitter whether he would use the episode to explain why he reportedly paid $32 million to settle unspecified sexual harassment allegations against him.

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During a Friday meeting of "NBC Nightly News" staff, an NBC News staffer asked NBC News President Noah Oppenheim about a potential settlement, according to one of the people familiar with the situation.

Some NBC News employees who raised the question of Lauer's compensation at a staff meeting were told that he was sacked "for cause" and wouldn't be paid beyond his last day worked, according to a Variety report Friday.

News on Wednesday disclosed that it had "received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" by Lauer. As more and more accusers come forward, Lauer has removed himself from the public eye, releasing an apology statement and deleting his social media.

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A team of NBCUniversal legal and human resources leaders have started a "thorough and timely review" of what occurred and how the company can foster greater transparency and mutual respect, Lack said in the memo. A Variety magazine investigation outlined a pattern of alleged salacious behaviour, including three women who said Lauer harassed them.

Lauer, 59, issued a statement that was read Thursday on the show he anchored for two decades, in which he said he was "truly sorry".

We have now entered the negotiating-in-the-press phase of Matt Lauer's ouster from NBC News. But 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. Therefore in addition to what is already in place, the News Division is launching an immediate effort to implement in-person training on sexual harassment awareness and appropriate behavior in the workplace. "It is always the right thing to do, and any concerns raised should be done without fear of retaliation, and with full assurance that they will be investigated".

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