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I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” he continued. I thank them for their patience and grace.” A statement from Matt Lauer: “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions...” pic.twitter.com/f93r HXq KQD— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 30, 2017 His apology comes after three more women accused him of sexual harassment in a story published by Variety, which claimed that Lauer once “dropped his pants” to a female employee and “reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.” He also allegedly bought a sex toy as a present for a female colleague, giving it to her with a note saying he wanted to use it on her.
“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. Another NBC employee has come forward, claiming that Lauer sexually assaulted her in his office in 2001.
The ex-staffer, who has not been named, is one of a string of women who have come forward accusing Lauer of sexual misconduct.
She did not tell NBC about the alleged incident at the time because she thought she could have done more to stop Lauer's actions, and she left around a year later.
The unnamed woman, who was married at the time, said that given Lauer's position she did not believe that she had a choice at the time.
NBC executives fired Lauer on Tuesday night soon after they saw a string of lewd messages and explicit photos he sent an intern during the Sochi Olympics, reports suggest.
His departure was announced by visibly-shaken co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning, and a number of explosive stories on his alleged conduct during his time at the Rockefeller Center quickly followed.
The insider added that he was made aware of the accusations on Monday and an exit deal with NBC was quickly hammered out.
Just before the news broke, Lauer reportedly left his New York City apartment to “explain what happened and why he was fired in person” to his teenage son Jack, according to Page Six.