Ann Curry warned NBC executives about Matt Lauer’s behavior in 2012

NBC fires Matt Lauer after complaint about 'inappropriate sexual behavior' **FILE PHOTOS**

I’m splitting this bombshell Washington Post article into two posts, because even though the stories and people involved are very intertwined, it’s worth separating them briefly so we can spread out our outrage. WaPo published an article called “NBC News faces skepticism in remedying in-house sexual harassment.” They broke news about Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Tom Brokaw, but the overarching theme was that there is something very rotten inside NBC News, and that NBC News Chairman Andy Lack is a proud member of the Good Ol’ Boys Club, willing to look the other way when his valuable white dude friends are harassing and abusing and assaulting their female coworkers.

All of which we already sort of knew – Matt Lauer was able to be such a gigantic a–hole for so many years because Lack protected him and gave him everything he wanted. We also already knew that Lack fired Lauer after Lack said ONE woman came to NBC News executives with her tale of harassment and abuse at Lauer’s hands. Lack claimed that this woman was “the first” to ever come forward with any kind of allegation against Lauer. Not so, say WaPo’s sources.

During her last year on the “Today” show, in 2012, Lauer’s co-host Ann Curry said she approached two members of NBC’s management team after an NBC female staffer told her she was “sexually harassed physically” by Lauer. “A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her,” Curry recalled recently, in her first public comments about the episode. “She was afraid of losing her job. . . . I believed her.”

The woman, she said, implored Curry not to reveal her name to anyone, and she obliged. But Curry specifically named Lauer as a person of concern. “I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women,” she said.

The NBC staffer confirmed to The Washington Post that she went to Curry with her complaint. She spoke on the condition of anonymity because she fears retaliation.

Curry declined to name the management officials she says she approached. An NBC spokesman said the company has no record of her warning and added that there was no mention of it in Lauer’s personnel file. NBC noted that Lack was not at the network at the time.

Curry, who left NBC in 2015, has a non-disclosure agreement with the company and has been reluctant to talk publicly about her experiences at the network. NBC removed Curry from her role as co-host of “Today” in June 2012 amid foundering ratings and acrimony with Lauer.

Curry, who in an interview said there was “pervasive verbal sexual harassment at NBC,” worked on “Today” for 15 years, most of that time as a news reader, and co-anchored alongside Lauer in 2011 and 2012.

[From WaPo]

Well, here’s another reason why Lauer seemed to be gunning for Ann Curry to be fired almost from the minute she began co-anchoring. What are the chances that Curry told NBC executives about her concerns regarding Lauer and those executives in turn told Lauer that Curry knew about him? Basically, Lauer had Curry fired because she knew he was a sexual harasser and abuser. WaPo also contacted Lauer, and he made a statement to them:

In a statement to The Post Wednesday, Lauer said, “I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months . . . I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up.

“I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”

[From WaPo]

Lauer continued, “I mean, who are you gonna believe, the guy who kept a button under his desk so he could automatically lock his door and trap women in his office so he could assault them, or are you going to believe the dozens of women I assaulted in my auto-locked rape room?” Just kidding, he’s not self-aware enough to say that. Women who still work at NBC are still terrified that if they say anything about Lauer on the record, their jobs and livelihoods will be on the line. And they have good reason to feel that way, considering Andy Lack still doesn’t know how to handle any of this sh-t.

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  1. Kitty says:

    If you have to lock a room and have to talk someone into having relations with you, there is something wrong with you. His ego is too big to believe that women don’t want to sleep with him…

    • pwal says:

      Wow… this adds another dimension to that hug/kiss Lauer tried to give Ann on her last day at Today.

  2. Toc says:

    It’s not that Lack doesn’t know how to act. He doesn’t care. He probably does the same things. Those people will only stop when they face consequences and by that, I mean losing money. They don’t have empathy. They don’t care about people. They care about money and power.

    • INeedANap says:

      So here’s my question — why is Lack still there? Fish rot begins at the head.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Bingo! This is how the top dogs at NBC want to continue running things. That Ann Curry tried to change things explains a lot about how Lauer and the network treated her. I’m happy to see that the facts are coming out.

  3. Liberty says:

    Classic corporate nonsense. If we don’t make a note of it officially, we never heard it, it never happened, and our little buddy is off the hook (“did you say something? We don’t recall that”) and if he is caught later, whup whup, we didn’t know a thing. Lol. HR departments and upper management are rarely staffed with legal minds, though. I think this sort of thing is going to start catching up with firms soon.

    • Vava says:

      yeah, and even if it is documented, they destroy the documentation and declare it never happened.

    • Nic919 says:

      The same thing happened at CBC when a woman went to her union steward to complain about Jian Ghomeshi about his sexual harassment and no records could be found of her complaint. Later there were criminal charges and that was the one case that wasn’t dismissed but resolved by plea deal because he would have been convicted. Frankly CBC should have faced a lawsuit for enabling him.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Three words come to mind:
      Wrongful termination lawsuit.

  4. Becks says:

    Of course she did (went to executives about it) and of course she was fired for it via Lauer’s maneuverings.

    I haven’t watched the Today show since the Lauer news broke. (I wasn’t a huge watched of it before, but I would watch it occasionally.) No more. The whole show/network was complicit.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      They sure were! Guthrie and Kotb pretending to be so blind sided by the Lauer accusations makes me ill. If Ann knew, so did they. Ann should sue the eff out of NBC for ending her career to protect their golden boy.

      • holly hobby says:

        I think isn’t suing because she got a monetary settlement for leaving (they bought out her contract via a nda). However now it all makes sense doesn’t it?

  5. Nancy says:

    It is tragic that the female talent is the one that is got rid of despite it is the male talent acting like a total douche canoe :(

  6. smee says:

    Ann Curry should SUE NBC and Matt Lauer for the $$ she lost by being unfairly fired. I bet there’s a case there.

    • kNY says:

      She really should. They would settle, though, because can you imagine what nightmare stories would come out during discovery? This has got to be the tip of the iceberg.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – I bet there’s plenty of proof they kicked her off Today for this very reason.
      It’s disgusting to me that HE was the one with the awful, predatory, illegal behavior, and SHE is the one who got canned because she tried to help one of the victims. She didn’t go public, she didn’t threaten to spill, she didn’t demand Lauer be fired, she WARNED the bosses to keep an eye on him to protect the network and the employees, and they still punished her.

    • tmbg says:

      Yes, I think Ann deserves a tidy sum for putting up with Matt, his cronies and their BS.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Omg, yes. I wish I had scrolled down to this before posting essentially the same, above.

    • L84Tea says:

      100%. Ann Curry deserves all the money, all the peace, all the wine, all the everything.

  7. Neelyo says:

    NBC is trash. The only reason Lauer was fired was because he got caught. NBC was perfectly fine with his behavior until it became public. Who knows what else has gone on there and probably still does to this day.

  8. S says:

    I was fairly low level, and never a Today staffer, but I worked with those that were, semi-regularly. Other than in a passing way, I never interacted with Lauer, or the other main talent—only Roker went out of his way to be nice and engage those around him, which was actually rather unusual—but the atmosphere even at the production crew level I did work with? Let me just say that none of these allegations surprise me. At all. It didn’t register as outrageous to me at the time because, let’s face it, I was in sports and it was, if anything, even worse there. I actually keep waiting for the stories from that side to emerge.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      My BFF worked at NBC Sports for years before taking a severance deal several years ago. You speak the truth!

    • kNY says:

      I’m happy that Al Roker was nice – it’s good to hear something positive in this sh-tshow. NBC seems like a toxic place.

      • ravynrobyn says:

        OT, but I’m reading Al Roker’s book about his gastric bypass as I’m having this surgery in July. What a fun, pleasant read! Extremely down-to-earth, modest and very caring. So glad to hear he’s not a lying liar who lies.

        I also remember Al kinda shit-talking Matt, right to his face on live TV about people “getting thrown under the bus” clearly about Ann after she was fired. Respect him a bit more.

  9. Mama says:

    It isn’t fair that women have to fear for their jobs. But they need to speak out. We have to stop being silent and letting men run our careers. We can’t let men know that we are afraid. It is hard. It is scary. We have to look out for other women. Get a lawyer and file suit, speak up, sue if they fire you…. fight back. We have to fight back against these asshole men who continue to harass women and keep them fearful. #metoo

    • Betsy says:

      It’s not fair, but you’re right – they’re going to have to have to burn it down to clean it.

    • Christin says:

      I’ve watched a situation unfold over 20-plus years at my employer. It is the one huge disappointment to have watched an executive harass multiple women (including trying to groom my best friend 20 years ago) and not be booted out the door. He ended up being able to retire, even though HR knew there were multiple women he’d harassed. And guess who received multiple promotions? The one woman who accepted his inappropriate efforts.

      My advice to anyone being harassed in the workplace is, GET A LAWYER right away. Have the lawyer accompany you to HR. Don’t assume HR will follow through, or protect you.

      • Carrie1 says:

        20 years ago I was nearly assaulted in my office. I was management. Happened in front of company owner. I did fight back and was then harassed for 2 years. Triggered illness, ended career and health. I did hire a lawyer but didn’t pursue as I didn’t have health for it. I got nothing.

        For everyone, HR is never your friend, they are not there for staff, they’re to cover the Corp and bosses. They don’t care about anything else.

        Despite MeToo etc today, if it happened to anyone today, I’d suggest finding another job quietly, document everything meanwhile, just before leaving, report the person. Move on with your life.

        I knew what Ann Curry was doing the day she was last on set and on air and heart was with her. I’m glad she got some money at least. But ending your career is a great loss money can’t really replace. Ending your health is worse so I hope women protect themselves.

  10. Bridget says:

    Well, now we know why Lauer was so dead set on Curry being gone.

    And his statement. What an asshole. The potential of humiliating and alienating your family never stopped him from the crimes he pulled for years. Don’t pretend that we need to sweep this stuff under the rug because everyone in Lauer’s life are suffering the consequences.

  11. Amy Tennant says:

    Ronan Farrow was just implying on NPR the other night that there was some reason his Weinstein story wasn’t getting traction at NBC news when he first tried to get it out there. They’re all in it together. :(

  12. Tiffany says:

    Of course things are not going to change. Andy Lack is still employed.

    The fact that there was no pressure for him to walk away or be flat out fired tells me all that I need to know.