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Ann Curry Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer Misconduct, Firing

Ann Curry did her best to take the high road on Wednesday.

Sitting down with CBS This Morning to address a number of topics, Curry was asked early on about her former colleague, Matt Lauer.

Despite sharing a desk for many years, it was an open secret that Curry and Lauer never exactly got along well.

When Curry was fired five-plus years ago by NBC, most insiders believed it was Lauer who forced her out – and most viewers noted that she didn’t really acknowledge her co-anchor during her farewell address on air.

Fast forward to November of 2017… and Lauer getting fired under even more scandalous circumstances.

He’s been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct and even rape.

Some people remain shocked by these charges, truly taken aback that Lauer could even do such things.

But Curry is not one of these people.

“I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations,” the veteran journalist said flat-out this morning.

“Do you believe that Matt Lauer abused his power?” Norah O’Donnell asked.

Replied Curry, afraid of saying too much:

“Now I’m walking down that road and I’m trying not to hurt people. And I know what it’s like to be publicly humiliated.

“I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated and I don’t want to cause that kind of pain to somebody else.”

Fair enough, of course.

Like we said above, she really did try to take the high road.

But… 

“I can say that – because you are asking me a very direct question – I can say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed,” Curry continued.

“I would be surprised if someone said that they didn’t see that. So, it was verbal sexual harassment.”

Matt Lauer and Ann Curry dressed as Prince William and Kate Middleton for Halloween in 2011.

Lauer was let go bt NBC in late November after a colleague accused him of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

At the time, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack sent an email to employees just moments before Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb broke the news on the air.

(Kotb has since replaced Lauer as Guthrie’s permanent co-host.)

Since the initial accusation, multiple reports have been published that alleged Lauer sent underlings sex toys, asked them to perform sex acts and even forced himself on a woman in his office on at least one occasion.

A day after his ousting, Lauer issued the following apology:

There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.

As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.

Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.

I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

Lauer has said very little since then.

Sources say he’s just hanging out around his home in the Hamptons and spending time with his kids.

We can’t imagine he’s ever hired in the television industry again.

And if this is the case, we’d just like to say one thing:

GOOD RIDDANCE!

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Annette Roque: Planning to Divorce Matt Lauer & Take EVERYTHING?!

The world now knows things about Matt Lauer’s shameful, inexcusable conduct that no one ever wanted to know but everyone needs to know.

His wife, Annette Roque, knows about them, too. For a wife, it must be a nightmare, just a rung or two below “husband turned out to be a serial killer.”

And it looks like she’s finally moving for a divorce … and may be planning to clean him out in the process.

Matt Lauer’s disgraceful behavior only recently came to light, but his alleged misdeeds have been going on for years.

Accusations of sexual harassment have him doing things like giving wildly inappropriate sex toy gifts, along with notes on how he wants to use them on the recipient. Or inviting a coworker into his office, dropping his pants, and scolding her when she balked instead of performing a sex act on him.

And of course using NBC work trips as almost a hunting ground for young, ambitious women who could be lured — or tricked — into coming to his hotel room.

Worst of all, Matt Lauer has been accused of rape. Of allegedly locking a woman in his office through his creepy desk button and just bending her over without her consent, only stopping when she passed out.

When NBC announced that they’d fired him over an incident that they had reason to believe was not isolated, investigators who’d been quietly working on their Lauer stories published what they knew.

In the aftermath of these horrifying revelations, Annette Roque fled the country with her youngest children.

We absolutely cannot blame her. Can you?

They’ve been married for two decades — if you look at older photos of them, Matt Lauer almost looks like he has hair in them — and though she’d reportedly not trusted him at times, it’s probably fair to say that she can’t have known the extent of his bad behavior.

And now her husband is one of the most infamous men on a very long list of recently exposed powerful men who are accused of using their wealth and positions to turn coworkers into victims.

That sounds unbearable.

Strangely enough, it appeared for a while there that Annette Roque was refusing to divorce Matt Lauer.

Reportedly, they were trying to make things work amicably for the sake of their children.

Honestly? That sounds like it would work if he’d just been a cheater, or even a famous cheater.

But he’s accused of wronging so many women, not just his wife. Some marriage counseling and a few months sleeping in the guest room aren’t going to fix that.

And it looks like Annette has finally, finally realized that.

Star reports that Annette Roque was seen meeting with lawyers, and their source says that a split announcement should be “coming any day now.”

It had been previously reported that Annette was spending a great deal of time “hiding out” at home, avoiding news, calls, and the internet because she already knew more than anyone ever wanted to about her husband.

Star suggests that Annette may not rest until, despite her prenup with Matt Lauer, she wrests a substantial sum from Matt Lauer in the divorce.

If that’s true, well, good for you, Annette.

Annette filed for divorce from Matt Lauer, however briefly, back in 2006.

At the time, her attorneys claimed that her husband treated her in an inhumane manner, but it’s been pointed out that New York law at the time didn’t allow divorce over irreconcilable differences, so if you wanted a divorce, you had to accuse your spouse of being a toxic jerk in order to establish grounds.

(Honestly, it’s weird that any court could ever set standards for whether or not a couple can divorce)

And they reconciled a week later.

Still, if there were ever a time to do well in a divorce (and prenups are seldom as ironclad as people imagine), it’s when your husband has just been accused of being absolute scum.

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Addie Zinone Delves Into Matt Lauer Affair, Vicious Backlash

The former Today Show staffer who carried on a month-long affair with Matt Lauer nearly two decades ago has spoken out on the misguided dalliance.

And she has a lot to say.

As previously reported, Addie Zinone came forward to Variety last week, revealing to the publication how she worked as a production assistant on the NBC morning program back in 2000.

At the time, Zinone was 24 years old.

She says Lauer sent her a message in which he said she looked “fantastic.”

She proceeded to ask him for some professional advice… he offered to meet for lunch… this led to another invitation to meet him in his dressing room… and this is where/when Zinone and Lauer first had sex.

The co-host was married to his second and current wife, Annette Roque, at the time of this affair.

Zinone went on to say a “several” other sexual liasians followed and acknowledged these actions were consensual.

But she still felt a need to speak out and to call out Lauer for the way he abused his power at work.

Especially over women and especially when it came to sex.

“He went after the most vulnerable and the least powerful – and those were the production assistants and the interns,” Zinone told Variety, adding of her motivation for going public:

“I’m putting my name and face out there to squash any doubts about the allegations from other women against Matt Lauer.”

In a follow-up to this initial story, Zinone sat across from Megyn Kelly on Monday and shared further details from her encounters with Lauer.

“This power dynamic in a workplace and how that imbalance really does affect your thinking, your ability to think logically, to be aware of what it is you’re doing and the impact it’s going to have for the rest of your life,” she said.

Zinone also described the unfortunate backlash she has received after making these accusations.

“When my husband and I decided that I was actually going to go forward with this and speak out and become a face, I expected some blowback of course,” the 41-year old said, adding:

“I understand that people are going to paint me as a home-wrecker, as a slut and a whore and those are things I have been called.

“It was suggested yesterday to me that ‘Please please go get hit by a bus.'”

Pretty awful, right?

Lauer was fired on November 29 amidst complains from a colleague over his inappropriate behavior at work.

Executives said at the time that they had strong reasons to believe Lauer had acted this way on multiple occasions, with multiple women.

Future reports than detailed how Lauer allegedly sent employees sex toys, demanded sex acts from them and even raped one of them in his office.

Zinone says she has no regrets, however, because she feels a need to “validate” the claims of other accusers and wants the world to know about Lauer’s “predatory behavior.”

Yes, however, Zinone feel ashamed for what she did 17 years ago.

“This shatters my family,” she told Kelly.

“They’re afraid for me. This all trickles down to a lot of people being affected, so having these conversations is important.

“But also, there’s a lot of shame attached to what I did . . . Everything was a massive mistake and I know who I am at my core and the core values I have, but of course, you carry shame.

“He had a wife. You do carry that your whole life. You’re thinking: ‘Why could I not get out of it? Why did I do that?’”

Lauer is yet to commend on everything Zinone has said and alleged.

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Former Today Show Staffer Details Affair with Matt Lauer

Addie Zinone, a former Today Show production assistant, has given a detailed account to Variety of her affair with Matt Lauer.

In a lengthy interview with the publication, Zinone says she was 24 when she started sleeping with Lauer in 2000.

The host was recently married at the time to his current wife, Annette Roque.

After serving as an intern at the morning program, Zinone tells Variety she was offered an anchor position back in her home state of West Virginia.

Upon learning she was leaving, Lauer began to come on to Zinone.

In June of 2000, Lauer allegedly wrote the staffer a text that read:

“Hey, I hope you won’t drag me to personnel for saying this, but you look fantastic…

“I don’t know what you have done, or what is going on in your life … but it’s agreeing with you.”

Zinone says she thanked him and asked if the two could meet in order for her to gather “a little advice” from the veteran journalist.

Lauer agreed and met Zinone for lunch.

This is how she described the situation to Variety:

“My intentions were purely professional. I thought this was a way to get real-world constructive advice. What that turned into was an opportunity for him to come on to me.

“It was flattering, confusing, overwhelming. I was nervous. I didn’t know what to do with it. He was clearly trying to guide the conversation.

“He was there to hit on me and manipulate the situation, and I fell for it.

“Here’s how I should have known what I was getting myself into. When we left, he told me: ‘You leave first, and I’ll leave after.’

“In no lunch I’d ever had at Today had anyone suggested we leave separately, as if something was up.”

Confused over what was going on and feeling uneasy about how Lauer acted toward her, Zinone says she asked the host to get together for a discussion.

He requested the pair meet in his dressing room above studio 1A.

According to her account, she reminded him he was married, but…

“He opens the door. There you go. It crossed the line. It was a consensual encounter. It happened in his dressing room above studio 1A, which was empty in the afternoons.

“He got in his car and I had to go back to work, and now my life had completely changed.”

Lauer, of course, was fired late last month due to accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

Follow-up stories claimed he sent co-workers sex toys, demanded sexual favors of underlings and even raped an employee in his office.

In this case, Zinone acknowledges the relationship was consensual and that the two “met several [more] times” after this initial sexual encounter.

There was even one time, she claims, that Lauer used a button under his desk to lock his office door because he wanted them to have sex right then and there.

“It was embarrassing, because his secretary was sitting outside,” she says, adding:

“He wanted to do stuff. I was like, ‘No. I’m so in over my head. I’m not a performance artist.'”

The last time that Zinone says she saw Lauer was at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in California, when he supposedly told her to meet him in a nearby bathroom, where they proceeded to have “an encounter.”

Of the sexual variety, we assume.

She eventually quit her anchor job and joined the Army.

The former PA concludes that her situation was consensual, yes, but she still felt like a victim because she felt he had abused his power.

“He went after the most vulnerable and the least powerful – and those were the production assistants and the interns,” she told Variety.

“I’m putting my name and face out there to squash any doubts about the allegations from other women against Matt Lauer.

“I’m validating their stories because some of our experiences are similar. I want these women to know that I believe them, I want to help empower them and collectively we have a voice to change things.

“I have a 7-year-old daughter. I want to do everything I can to assure this doesn’t happen to her.”

Last we heard, the status of Lauer’s marriage was up in the air.

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Matt Lauer: Wife Annette Roque REFUSING to Divorce Him?!

So, Matt Lauer has been fired for sexual misconduct and is now at the center of a scandal after countless stories of sexual harassment and other creepy, unacceptable behavior emerged about him.

Even so, he's apparently trying to keep his life from falling apart. Specifically, as you'll see in the video below, Lauer is trying to keep his marriage together.

That could be challenging, especially since his wife fled the country when news broke of his many misdeeds.

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For decades, Matt Lauer masqueraded as a pillar of the broadcasting community.

In many ways, viewers perceived him as something like "America's Dad." He was awkward, but in a way that many people found to be endearing.

Endearing enough that most viewers were apparently happy to overlook his creepier moments — like his infamously bad interview with Ann Hathaway.

All of that changed when the news broke of Matt Lauer's firing.

Though he was fired for the harassment of one employee, NBC admitted that they had reason to believe that it was not isolated.

And now that we've heard details about Matt Lauer's sex toy "gifts" and pants-dropping and worse, it looks like they were right about that.

Matt lauer looks dour

We heard about how Matt Lauer allegedly leveraged his position within NBC to pressure women into performing sex acts.

This included treating NBC trips, such as for the Olympics, as his own personal hunting ground, identifying ambitious and attractive young NBC employees and either inviting or luring them to his hotel room.

Reportedly, he gave a female coworker a sex toy as an unsolicited "gift" … and made it immeasurably worse by including a note about how he'd like to use it on her.

Another time, he's said to have invited a colleague into his office and dropped his pants, presenting his genitals to her … and later chastising her for not performing a sex act.

We heard about Matt Lauer's creepy button, installed on his desk at his request, that would remotely lock his office door.

That button figured into one woman's grim accusation that Matt Lauer raped her, as he apparently did not begin propositioning her until after he had already locked his office door.

(And, from her description, it sounds like he stopped asking anything altogether, and only unlocked the door sometime after she passed out during the assault)

We've mentioned this before, but there are comedian brothers known as the McElroys who suggest, as a general rule, to never ask out a woman in a situation when she couldn't run away.

Not in an elevator, not on a car ride, not when she's a cashier or barista, and definitely not just after you remotely locked the door to your office.

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As we mentioned, Lauer's wife, Annette Roque, fled the country with the couple's two youngest sons in the immediate aftermath of the scandal.

(We don't think that her leaving their 16-year-old behind necessarily signifies anything beyond the fact that every 16-year-old would rather stay home alone than go visit family in Europe)

That was an understandable reaction.

Learning that your husband is a cheater is hard — that alone is enough to end plenty of marriages.

But for your husband to be outed as a serial predator in one of the biggest stories of a scandal-filled year?

That's almost unimaginable.

Matt Lauer offered a vague apology without really admitting to any significant wrongdoing. He spoke about being embarrassed and ashamed in the same breath as he claimed that at least some of the charges are false.

That was public. In private, we're sure that he's been trying even harder to apologize to his wife. Strangely, it seems to be working.

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As you can see in the video below, E! News reports that Matt Lauer and Annette Roque are trying to make their marriage work.

Yeah.

Apparently, they believe that it will be best for their children.

If this were just an embarrassing cheating scandal, we'd be inclined to agree — if the couple had made nice and just needed to wait out the public embarrassment.

But the Matt Lauer scandal isn't about him having a bunch of mistresses. It's about him having a bunch of victims.

Women who fled from promising careers after he allegedly preyed upon them. Women who may have missed out on well-deserved promotions because they turned him down.

And a woman whom he allegedly locked in his office, bent over a chair, and raped.

Even if he manages to avoid hard-to-prove charges for sexual assault, which he very well may (just look at Bill Cosby!), Matt Lauer could be faced with a number of lawsuits in the near future.

If we were friend with Annette Roque, we'd advise her that she doesn't need to leave the country to avoid the coming storm. But she might want to go ahead and leave her husband.

He might lose everything.

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