NBC releases Matt Lauer investigation report

10 May, 2018, 06:59 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • I’d heard about Matt Lauer. You can’t tell me the people at the top of NBC aren’t aware. Come on' Mc Gowan said

News' internal investigation on Matt Lauer found that executives at "Today" and elsewhere at NBC News had no knowledge of inappropriate behavior by before last November, when an NBC News staffer came forward with a complaint.

Lauer was sacked November 29 after a female employee complained to NBC's human resources department that the NBC News star had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace with her on several occasions in 2014.

Lauer admitted that he'd been engaged in sexual activity with a female colleague on November 28, 2017, a day after said colleague had reported the behavior to management.

"While we appreciate NBC releasing the results of its internal investigation to the public, there needs to be an independent internal investigation for this to be credible", Press Forward said in a statement. That is not acceptable.

In a memo to employees on Wednesday, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack wrote, "We can not change the past. We have already begun to turn the page to establish a safer and more respectful environment", Lack wrote. During a subsequent interview, Lauer "admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the complainant".

Another footnote states that former "Today" show anchor Ann Curry had previously stated publicly that a woman complained to her about Lauer's behavior and that Curry then told management that they should be concerned about his behavior.

"A number of individuals interviewed said that Lauer could be flirtatious, would frequently make jokes, some with sexual overtones, and would openly engage in sexually-oriented banter in the workplace", the report said.

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Longtime rumors about Lauer's behavior became public knowledge during the wave of Me Too accusations against powerful men late previous year. There was no mention of a former NBC News employee's accusation last month that former "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances on her, which he has denied. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry".

The internal review was conducted by legal counsel at NBCUniversal along with help from two outside legal firms, according to the Times. Many staffers told investigators they did not feel comfortable reporting incidents of harassment or misconduct to management for a variety of reasons, including fear of retaliation.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McGowan says that she was the one who pulled her story from NBC despite the belief that executives at the network had killed it, forcing Ronan Farrow to take his reporting to The New Yorker.

The report did include several recommendations for the network's news division, including more employee training and making it easier for employees to report harassment.

But because NBC News is seen as ideologically pure, issues like honesty, decency, and integrity are seen as meaningless.

The investigation team also inquired about the nature of the "button" in Lauer's office that was alleged to have locked the door. "The button releases a magnet that holds the door open", the report said. In a discussion with the investigation team, Curry confirmed that she did not disclose to anyone in management that she had received a specific complaint. The company is also retooling its training efforts for managers and employees and making workplace behavior toward others a part of performance reviews. It takes all 2,145 of us together, having each other's backs to make this goal a reality that starts now.

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