“NBC News chief Andrew Lack — once accused of mishandling sexual harassment complaints at the Peacock Network — preyed on female underlings and pursued sexual relationships with them, according to one of his alleged victims,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports, adding that Lack’s alleged behavior is described in “Catch and Kill,” the upcoming book from Ronan Farrow.
As we reported separately, the book also discusses the news division’s alleged mishandling of Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein reporting and includes a rape allegation against former “Today” show mainstay Matt Lauer. The Post story is based on the publication’s examination of an excerpt from the book.
“In it, Jane Wallace, an anchor on CBS’s ‘West 57th’ news show when Lack was an executive producer in the late 1980s, discussed her affair with the then-married news man,” The Post reports. “Lack, 72, a close friend of ousted ‘Today’ show anchor Matt Lauer who oversaw his 2017 termination, was ‘almost unrelenting’ in asking Wallace out to dinner ‘every day for almost a month,’ saying he wanted to celebrate her contract, according to the book.”
Wallace is quoted telling Farrow: “If your boss does that, what are you gonna say? You know if you say ‘I don’t want to celebrate with you,’ you’re asking for trouble.”
The Post report adds: “She said their sexual relationship was ‘ultimately consensual, but I didn’t just get flirted with. I got worked over.’”
Wallace alleges that Lack eventually bullied her out of her job after their relationship went awry.
The report quotes Farrow writing in the book: “As she left the show, she recalled him yelling, ‘You will never get credit.’ Then the network deployed a tactic that the public was barely conscious of at the time: it offered her a substantial payout to sign a binding nondisclosure agreement.”
Wallace reportedly accepted the offer, albeit reluctantly.