Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Managers were unaware of Matt Lauer's behavior

Managers were unaware of Matt Lauer's behavior

News' internal investigation following Matt Lauer's firing says it doesn't believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division and that current management wasn't aware of Lauer's behavior until the complaint that doomed him.

In general, the report concluded, there is not a "widespread or systemic pattern" of inappropriate behavior at NBC News. Yet the company acknowledged there is work to do.

NBC News told employees Thursday that they can now raise workplace concerns to an outside law firm associated with trainers who have been conducting workshops for employees, as well as a new team that reports to NBCUniversal's legal department, not NBC News' human resources staffers.

Current NBC News chairman Andy Lack cleared the air on the issue in a separate message to employees Wednesday morning, noting that the alleged behavior went down at "a time when people were not comfortable coming forward to voice complaints about repugnant behavior".

"We can not change the past", Lack said. What we can do is learn from it, and try to make it right.

However, the former NBC star says that when the network launched an investigation into Lauer's sexual misconduct, they never contacted her despite reports from the legal team stating otherwise.

NBC is closing the door on the Matt Lauer investigation-and giving some answers on its most controversial elements.

The data finds that no Today show or NBC News had any knowledge of Lauer's inappropriate behavior prior to his termination. The report states four women accused Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior that spanned decades. NBC said that two outside law firms were also involved with the probe. "A number of girls additionally credibly described to the investigation crew being the topic of what they believed was a sexual overture from Lauer through which he complimented them on their look in sexually suggestive methods".

One of the women said that Lauer put his hand on her thigh and made a sexual comment. But if Curry won't share the names of the management types she'd warned, well, NBCUniversal could certainly consult its staff directory from 2012 - and poll every single person on it.

Like Katie Couric recently claimed, it was misreported that the button on Lauer's desk locked his office door. It said the button was "a commonly available feature" in NBC's Rockefeller Center offices in NY and that, contrary to some news reports, it doesn't lock the door from the inside.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions", Lauer said in a statement provided to CNN at the time of his firing.

The investigation did not address allegations against Tom Brokaw, the longtime anchor of NBC Nightly News. Five days passed between the time she alerted HR and the time company representatives interviewed her. While many admitted they "heard or read rumors about Lauer's personal life... and the possibility of extramarital affairs", the interviewees apparently assumed that "the rumored extramarital affairs were with women outside of the Company".

Two days later, NBC announced that Lauer had been fired. Their allegations dated to 2000, 2001 and 2007, the report said.

"On November 28, 2017, Lauer was interviewed by senior members of NBCUniversal company HR and Authorized", continues the report.

"5 months in the past I used to be terminated by NBC after admitting to previous relationships with co-workers", he stated.

Some of the 68 people interviewed said they were aware of other rumored extramarital affairs in the news division.

"Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".

The report contained a number of recommendations for NBC, including improving training, improving communication from management and improving the use of reporting channels.

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