NBC said soon after Lauer was terminated for sexual misconduct that no current executives were aware of any harassing or predatory behavior. "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".
Lauer admitted to the allegation in an interview with NBC's legal and human-resources staff on November 28, the report said. The Washington Post published its own article in April about Ann Curry, who famously was mistreated by Lauer before she was awkwardly fired from "Today".
According to the report, the four women "confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer". The alleged episodes occurred in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2014, respectively.
It said, "a number of individuals interviewed said that Lauer could be flirtatious, would frequently make jokes, some with sexual overtones, and would openly engage in sexually-oriented banter in the workplace". But they also said Lauer didn't pursue them further after they ignored him, and so they didn't report his behavior to management. "Most witnesses interviewed stated that they had heard or read rumors about Lauer's personal life, including tabloid stories about the troubled state of his marriage and the possibility of extramarital affairs, but those witnesses believed, with limited exceptions, that the rumored extramarital affairs were with women outside of the Company". "All these women stated that they did not report this behavior to anyone in a position of authority".
As part of the investigation, almost 70 former and current employees at the network about whether they had previous knowledge of Lauer's alleged behaviour before the women came forward. But managers said they had never had such a conversation with her. The report claims executives did not receive complaints about the veteran journalist's behavior before November 2017.
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NBC leadership were also unaware that Lauer "had engaged in sexual activity with other employees", the report says.
While the NBC memo said it was the first complaint it received about Lauer, it added it had "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident".
In a note to staff, NBC News chief Andy Lack outlined several steps that the news division would take to improve its workplace culture, including creating a new outside option to raise concerns about harassment and more in-person training.
NBC's investigation includes a curious passage contradicting the statements by Curry about alerting management to complaints about Lauer's behavior back in 2012. "That is not acceptable". "What we can do is learn from it, and try to make it right", Lack said.