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NBC releases Matt Lauer investigation report

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An advocacy group aimed at preventing sexual misconduct in newsrooms says an NBC investigation into misconduct claims against former "Today" show host Matt LauerMatthew (Matt) Todd LauerAshley Judd files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein NBC News chief: We take allegations against Brokaw "very seriously" Even for TV "royalty" Brokaw, "MeToo" claim is legacy-killer MORE doesn't go far enough.

After six months, the Matt Lauer investigation is complete and NBC News has released an internal report.

Lauer, in a statement, acknowledged "past relationships" with co-workers, but alluded to some differences of opinion with NBCU findings, which he did not detail.

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.

"We can not change the past", Lack said. "What we can do is learn from it, and try to make it right", Lack said.

Lauer was sacked from the "Today" show last November over sexual assault complaints, and NBC immediately started its internal investigation on the issue.

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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. "All four women who came forward confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer".

Other employees said Lauer was flirtatious, commented on their appearance and sometimes made sexual jokes.

NBC noted that two of Lauer's four accusers said they believed the network's leadership "knew or must have known" about their star anchor's misconduct.

"The investigation team remains interested in hearing from these women and others who may have related information to share", the report says in a footnote.

Curry told The Washington Post that a woman came to her in 2012 saying Lauer had sexually harassed her, and that she had warned management about him. NBC said Curry "did not disclose to anyone in management that she had received a specific complaint". Like Katie Couric recently claimed, it was misreported that the button on Lauer's desk locked his office door.

Longtime rumors about Lauer's behavior became public knowledge during the wave of Me Too accusations against powerful men late a year ago. Five days passed between the time she alerted HR and the time company representatives interviewed her. (Lauer has admitted to certain inappropriate behavior but denies having taken "coercive, aggressive or abusive actions.") The warning, reported Ellison, was a bit on the vague side. The alleged episodes occurred in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2014, respectively. One woman, former NBC production assistant Addie Collins, said she had a month-long affair with the anchor.

"He is truly devastated and wants to make up for anything he has done to hurt people", that source said. Observers worry that this investigation will lack the apolitical nature of those done by outside law firms - many of which lead to the dismissal of top executives at companies with troubled sex harassment cultures. Based on these girls, Lauer didn't pursue them additional once they deflected or ignored the overture, and they didn't expertise any retaliation. "In addition, we consulted with two prominent outside law firms - Proskauer Rose and Davis Polk - both of whom validated the investigation's methodology, findings, conclusions and recommended next steps".