Meredith Viera: Will She Give Evidence in Matt Lauer Divorce?

After months of tense speculation, Matt Lauer and Annette Roque are officially divorcing.

But this lengthy process could turn ugly — well, uglier — at any moment, especially considering how Lauer is reportedly in denial about how horrible his behavior really was.

Now it’s reported that Lauer’s former colleague, Meredith Viera, could become entangled in this $ 100 million divorce … and may be called to testify against him.

For ages, Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer seemed like peas in a pod. In 2013, Meredith defended Lauer during the controversy of NBC firing Ann Curry.

But now, Lauer is the one who’s been fired. He’s gone from a beloved figure to the list of accused sex monsters who’ve been hiding in plain sight for years.

And his wife is, of course, divorcing him.

So how does this involve Meredith Viera?

RadarOnline has an explosive new report that claims that the woman behind Lauer’s ousting was Meredith Viera’s own assistant.

Apparently, it was Viera’s assistant whom he targeted with sexual harassment in 2014, at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

This alleged harassment continued when they returned to New York.

She apparently had difficult-to-deny proof of Lauer’s harassment and generally disgusting behavior, in the form of wildly inappropriate images that he had texted to her.

It was these digital records that she turned over to the NBC higher-ups, which led them to fire Lauer.

Of course, that was what got the ball rolling. The dam broke, and other reports came about about Lauer’s unspeakable behavior.

That’s not the only thing that might tie Viera to this divorce, however.

In 2016, Meredith Viera hinted at Matt Lauer’s sexual fixations.

It’s almost certain that she had no idea that he was allegedly using NBC as a hunting ground for pretty, ambitious young women whom he could pressure into having sex with him.

But Viera specifically mentioned that Lauer had a “bag of sex toys” in his office.

(Again, his work office)

That ties in directly to some of the accusations, as he is said to have gifted sex toys to coworkers along with unsettling messages about how he would like to use the devices on them.

Most people probably interpreted that statement as a joke. And simply having a bag of sex toys at your place of work is not a crime.

But it could certainly come up during Roque’s divorce arguments … and if it does, Viera’s potential testimony could carry a lot of weight.

One could only wish that being a serial cheater were the worst of the accusations that Lauer is facing.

There’s using his position at NBC to pressure young employees into sex, even reportedly luring a woman to his hotel room by asking her to bring something to him.

There’s the in-office harassment, such as dropping his pants when a woman entered his office and later berating her for her refusal to perform a sex act.

And then, of course, Matt Lauer was accused of rape.

He reportedly locked a woman in his office (using the creepy button that did so remotely from his desk) and proceeded to allegedly assault her, bending her over.

He apparently only stopped and unlocked the door after she lost consciousness.

In a better world, someone accused of those kinds of misdeeds would be worried about massive lawsuits and prison time.

As it is, apparently Roque had to force Lauer out of their home because he had simply refused to leave.

It sounds like he’s preoccupied with public perceptions … and it’s been rumored that he believes that he can have his career again.

Perhaps if Meredith Viera or her assistant end up giving testimony during his divorce, it will become more clear to him that he has a lot more to lose than millions in spousal support.

Lauer’s divorce could end up being a test run for lawsuits or, potentially, a criminal investigation.


Stormy Daniels: Give Me Money so I Can Tell All About Trump!

On Thursday, following reports that they were drifting apart, Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump filed for divorce. But theirs isn’t the only Trump marriage that may teeter on the precipice.

Donald Trump allegedly had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels while married to Melania. In addition to the personal embarrassment, the steps he allegedly took to cover it up may have violated campaign finance law.

Now, Stormy is trying to tell her story — and she’s trying to raise money from the American public to do it.

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, may be a successful porn director who’s made paid appearances and done endorsement deals.

She’s suing Trump because she wants to be able to tell her story to the American public without incurring a $ 1 million penalty.

Lawsuits are expensive, even when you’re successful — and even when you were paid $ 130,000 in hush money to sign an NDA.

Stormy offered to refund the money, but Trump and his attorneys did not accept it by the deadline, which means that Stormy will have to sue.

There are multiple reasons for which the NDA might be void, including the attorney speaking of it and Trump having never signed it.

But to prove that case in court, Stormy is going to need money to pay attorney fees.

Her mission statement, posted where she’s raising funds, is simple:

“I am attempting to speak honestly and openly to the American people about my relationship with now President Donald Trump and the intimidation and tactics used against me.”

So far, Stormy Daniels’ crowdjustice page has raised over $ 150,000 in just a few days. She has 27 days remaining. 

People are often leery of crowdfunding drives, but Stormy wants to clear the air.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the funds being raised on this site.”

She’s not asking people to give her money for personal use.

“First, I want to be clear as to what this money is NOT being raised for. This money is not going to me personally. Ever.”

It’s going directly into a legal fund.

“It is only being used to cover the legal expenses and potential damages I describe on the home page. If the money is not needed, it will be used pursuant to the crowdjustice guidelines on unused funds as with all other cases on their site.”

So no, this is not some moneygrab, folks.

“In other words, I am not going to pocket any money. The money is being controlled at all times by my attorneys in a trust account.”

Stormy has another thing that she wants to clear up.

Understandably, some folks may be hesitant about leaving the name of a world-famous porn star on their bills.

She says that this will not happen.

“Second, if you donate, your donation merely appears as a donation to ‘Crowd Justice’ on your bank or credit card statement.”

The stigma associated with sex workers can even extend to the people who pay them. That’s sad, but won’t impact people donating to help her pay attorney fees.

“There is no reference to Stormy Daniels or Stephanie Clifford.”

And, of course, she offers her thanks.

“Thank you for continuing to support me.”

Unfortunately, Stormy has more than just an expensive legal battle on her hands.

CNN reports that her attorney, Michael Avenatti, says that Stormy Daniels was physically threatened to keep quiet about her Trump affair.

Avenatti cannot disclose details at present, so he cannot say whether the person who threatened her was someone closely affiliated with Trump.

He does, however, hope that Stormy will be able to tell the whole story to everyone in the near future.

“She’s going to be able to provide very specific details about what happened here.”

Stormy Daniels’ 60 Minutes interview is scheduled to air later in March. Perhaps she will be able to say something more, though the full details of her Trump affair would still be suppressed by the NDA.

Ultimately, Stormy Daniels hopes to be able to directly discuss the Trump affair on talk shows.

Not only will it be good to clear the air (and boost her brand), but guests get paid for their appearances.

In the mean time, however, she can’t disregard the binding NDA simply because it’s probably void. She has to prove that in court.

Raising money from the American people is smart. Trump seems to be the least popular President in history, and a lot of people are happy to see him publicly embarrassed.

Will this story be his downfall? Probably not, since none of his much more serious words and actions seem to have left him vulnerable so far.

But plenty of Americans are willing to be satisfied with his public humiliation — and they’re willing to pay to see it.