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.
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 timeshe 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 shehad 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".