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‘We all knew’ Matt Lauer sexual harassment: Flashed penis, bought sex toy (to use on colleague) & had secret lock

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Matt Lauer sexual harassment: A dossier of NBC host’s incriminating behavior revealed

Matt Lauer sexual harassment: Variety Magazine release a tell all in which ten female workers reveal the sexual impropriety of Lauer and how they were powerless to stop it.

A damning expose has been released by Variety magazine detailing the sexual allegation exploits of NBC News, ‘Today show’ hostMatt Lauer, following the long time honcho’s sacking Wednesday morning.

Perhaps not coincidentally, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack’s decision to fire Lauer may have been prompted with the knowledge that a collection of tabloid outlets had taken to releasing in the near future an incriminating expose into the sexual harassment exploits of Lauer who has long entertained rumors and innuendo regarding his workplace conduct.

In their article, Variety spoke with 10 past and present workers at NBC who accused Lauer of a vast array of sexual misconduct, including the woman who claims that she was sexually assaulted by Lauer beginning in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics.

That woman also shared her account with the human resources and legal departments of NBC News on Monday which inevitably led to Lauer’s sacking and has since been considered the straw that broke the camel’s back in the face of ‘under the sheets’ gathering of alleged misconduct over the years.

Misconduct which perhaps would have been glossed over or ‘conveniently ignored’ if not for the current ignition of sexual harassment claims starting with the recent take down of Harvey Weinstein after an array of women stepping forward. The revelations led to many being appalled and wondering how the power broker’s behavior and sexual misconduct being facilitated so egregiously and flagrantly for all to see (but too scared to bring it to the open for fear of reprisals).

Matt Lauer sexual harassment: ‘I’d like to use my sex toy on you and close the door behind you….’

In its expose, those interviewed revealed Lauer making a number of moves on female staff members during the Sochi OIympic Games, which availed Lauer the cover of being ‘out of town out of sight.’

Noted Variety, Lauer would invite women employed by NBC late at night to his hotel room while covering the Olympics in various cities over the years.’

‘He later told colleagues how his wife had accompanied him to the London Olympics because she didn’t trust him to travel alone.’

None of the 10 individuals who spoke with Variety are identified in the piece, including one female worker who was gifted a sex toy by Lauer along with an accompanying note on how Lauer, ‘wanted to use it on her.’

That woman said she was ‘mortified,’ with a fellow co-worker saying she was ‘visibly shaken’ after Lauer allegedly flashed his penis in his office.

When she did not do anything, Lauer reportedly ‘reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.’

But there’s more. According to staffers, Lauer had a device under his desk that allowed him to lock the door, something he had added after the departure of his co-host Katie Couric in 2006.

Notes Variety, ‘His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up’.

‘This afforded him the assurance of privacy. It allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him.’

That information came courtesy of two of the women who spoke with Variety reporters, Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister.

Matt Lauer sexual harassment: He had to prey on his stable cause he couldn’t just have random sex

‘There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,’ said one producer. 

‘He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.’

While not named, one woman in particular seemed to catch Lauer’s eye according to these interviewed for the piece. 

‘Several employees recall how he paid intense attention to a young woman on his staff that he found attractive, focusing intently on her career ambitions,’ reads the story. 

‘And he asked the same producer to his hotel room to deliver him a pillow.’

Matt Lauer sexual harassment: He held a lot of power 

Lauer’s fixation on woman’s bodies and physical appearance is also a big part of the story, with multiple people saying that he would often play the game ‘F***, Marry or Kill’ with staffers.

One of the show’s anchors would often gossip about Lauer’s sexual escapades according to staffers while a former reporter said: ‘Management sucks there. They protected the s*** out of Matt Lauer.’

Perhaps most of disconcert is the degree to which NBC management were aware of their king hit maker’s behavior and had chosen to remain quiet and in essence facilitate his misbehavior. And why not? The advertising revenue was coming in, the story was under wraps and nobody dared speak out and NBC was getting very very rich….

Tweeted Keith Olberman following news of Lauer’s firing, Wednesday, ‘Matt Lauer was remorsely vindictive and tyrannical to everyone at NBC News and management repeatedly enabled him and buried the issue.’