Matt Lauer Offers Qualified Apology over Sexual Assault Claims

HeadlineDec 01, 2017
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In the last 14 months, the “Today” show has fired two of its male anchors over sexual misconduct. In October 2016, NBC fired Billy Bush after he was heard in a 2005 tape laughing and egging on Donald Trump as Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women. And on Tuesday, NBC fired longtime “Today” host Matt Lauer over multiple accusations of sexual harassment and assault. On Thursday, Lauer offered a qualified apology, saying, “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. … 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 New York Times reports one former NBC employee was summoned by Lauer to his office in 2001, where Lauer allegedly locked the door and sexually assaulted her until she passed out.

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