New reports from “Variety,” have indicated that Matt Lauer had a hidden button underneath his desk in his NBC office that allowed him to lock his office door without even having to get up. Basically, this means he could trap women in his office at his leisure – and no one would know. I’m sorry – how is this okay? The article in Variety goes on to say that Lauer used his office for both consensual and non-consensual acts.
“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” says a former producer who knew first-hand of these encounters. “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.”
JUST IN: Matt Lauer had a secret button under his desk tht he used to lock his office door to trap women inside his office! Other accusations to graphic for TV.
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Variety also states that Lauer had a heavy hand in what went on “The Today Show,” and would want to keep certain stories out of their headlines if it was “hitting too close to home.”
According to producers, Lauer — who had considerable editorial clout over which stories would ultimately air on “Today” — would frequently dismiss stories about cheating husbands. However, in the wake of Roger Ailes and Harvey Weinstein, Lauer had to keep up with a national conversation about sexual harassment. It often made for awkward moments on TV for staff members who knew about Lauer’s private interactions.