Since NBC News went public this morning with the news that the network had fired “Today” show icon Matt Lauer, NBC has received at least two new complaints about Lauer, The New York Times reports.
Citing a source who was briefed on the network’s handling of the Lauer situation, The Times reports: “One complaint came from a former employee who said Mr. Lauer had summoned her to his office in 2001 and then had sex with her. She provided her account to The New York Times but declined to let her name be used.”
The woman reportedly told the paper that she felt helpless because she did not want to lose her job, and noted that she was ashamed of the encounter at the time, which led to her decision not to report it.
“She said NBC’s human resources department had contacted her Wednesday to ask her about her allegations,” The Times reports. “The woman told her husband about the encounter at the time, which The Times confirmed with him in a phone call. The couple was separated at the time, and later divorced. She also told a friend about it five years ago, which the friend also confirmed.”