NBCUniversal said managers on its venerable "Today" show and NBC News did not have inappropriate conduct by star anchor Matt Lauer before November of last year, when he was released from NBC after allegations of sexual misconduct had surfaced. The company specified its findings in an internal report released Wednesday.
NBCU said Lauer admitted on November 28, 2017, that he had sexual activity with a female complainant who had contacted NBC News Management the day before. The company considered his behavior a violation of corporate standards and dismissed him. "Within two weeks of NBC News' public announcement on November 29, 2017, Lauer received information about three other women, each claiming that Lauer committed inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace with them in 2000, 2001
The investigation, which was based on accounts of 68 different people, including current and former "Today" hosts and NBC News Management, finally found "no evidence that NBC News or Today Show leadership, News HR or others in positions The authority in the News Division complains about Lauer's workplace behavior before November 27, 2017, "the report said. "All four women who reported confirmed that they did not inform their immediate supervisor or anyone else in an authority position about their sexual encounters with Lauer, and current and former members of NBC News and Today Show, as well as News HR, stated that they never got a complaint about inappropriate behavior from Lauer, and we found no evidence to the contrary. "
However, in a statement to employees, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack acknowledged that NBC News employees might have worked in an environment that they felt was not conducive to reporting harassment incidents. "Like many of you, I'm very proud of NBC News, its history, and our work, but – withdrawing from the investigation – this story also includes a time when people did not feel comfortable speaking out, complaints about disgusting things That's unacceptable, "Lack said in a memo. "We can not change the past, what we can do is learn from it and try to get it right, we've already started to flip the page to create a safer and more respectful environment, which requires strong, specific steps to sustainably transform the culture. "
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