In November of 2017, Matt Lauer was accused of serious sexual harassment in the workplace, which included an allegation of rape. He was fired.
Annette Roque is divorcing him, and now we know what she’ll be getting in this hefty settlement.
Lauer is absolutely furious over how much he’s losing.
Us Weekly has the scoop on how much Matt Lauer’s divorce will cost him.
“He’s going to be forking out around $ 50 million in a settlement,” the insider reveals.
That is not the same thing as receiving $ 50 million in liquid currency. Only about half of that is cash.
“She will receive the horse farm,” the source explains.
Roque will also receive “their current residence and a one-time payment of $ 25 million.”
That’s a nice sum. It’s no surprise that Roque is keeping the house after she booted Lauer out of it.
“There will be no child or spousal support and they will split the costs for the kids,” the insider adds.
Lauer and Roque have three children together.
Jack is 16. Romy is 14. Their youngest, Thijs, is 11.
(Please do not make fun of kids’ names — they did not choose them)
So it sounds like they’ll be working hard to co-parent on an equal basis.
Incredibly, Lauer apparently feels like he got a raw deal.
“Matt is furious,” the insider reports. “He is essentially handing over half of his net worth to Annette.”
Isn’t that literally how divorce is supposed to work?
“He could fight for a better deal in court,” the source admits.
Lauer knows that he could contest this arrangement, “but that would only result in dragging this out longer.”
He wants to avoid a (divorce) war of attrition, the source says, “and negative headlines.”
Ugh. This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard people say that Lauer is obsessed with media coverage of his divorce.
But it gets worse.
“He is ready to move on with his life,” the insider reveals.
We’re sure that the various women at NBC whose careers may have been discouraged or sabotaged by his sexual harassment wish that they had so easily been able to move on.
What’s worse, though, is that Lauer actually thinks that people want to see him on TV again, the source says, “and truly believes that a television comeback is possible.”
Well, that’s gross. Remember, Lauer didn’t get fired for being a serial cheater. He was fired for sexual harassment. He was accused of rape.
There are a lot of people who believe that all rapists belong behind bars — at least.
It takes a hell of a lot of audacity for someone who has tens of millions of dollars and his freedom (post-divorce) to whine about dividing assets.
It takes nothing short of hubris to try to restart your television career after you’ve been exposed as a sex monster.
Good for Annette Roque for getting what was owed to her, though.