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We all suspected more Matt Lauer accusations were going to come out eventually, but no one could have guessed how quickly. NBC promptly fired the longtime host of Today and NBC News earlier this week, after they received a “detailed complaint” from a female colleague.  The complaint alleged that the woman was subject to sexual misconduct at the hands of Lauer during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. And, yes, she wasn’t the only one. Soon, thanks to Variety‘s bombshell investigation, the accusations came fast and furiously, and as the details came out, insight into Lauer’s behaviour became more and more disturbing.

According to Variety, Lauer summoned one female employee to his office, then dropped trou to show her his penis. When she “declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.”

Another woman was gifted with a sex toy that came with “an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her.”

He reportedly loved to play “F*ck, Marry, Kill” with staffers, and use his female co-hosts as the subjects.

He would ask female producers who they’d slept with, “offering to trade names.”

Arguably, the most disturbing story (so far) comes from one former staffer who told the New York Times what she endured. Lauer had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside. This was designed for privacy, but it also allowed him to lure and lock female employees into his office where nobody could walk in on them.

The married staffer recalled a minor incident that took place in the late ’90s while they were working on a story: during a ride to the airport she had to move away from him during the car ride, because he was “uncomfortably close,” to which he said, “You’re no fun.”

But in 2001, she claimed Lauer called her to his office and once inside he used the button under his desk to lock the door. He told her to unbutton her blouse and that’s when he “stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair,” and had sex with her until she passed out. PASSED. OUT.

The woman said she woke up on the floor of his office with her pants halfway down her legs, and Lauer’s assistant took her to seek medical attention. He never made another advance toward her again, nor was the incident ever mentioned. She added that she didn’t tell NBC about the alleged incident because she thought she could have done more to stop him. She left the network about a year later.

Lauer has since broken his silence on the allegations:

Sorrow, regret, hurt, damage, disappointment, all the key words, though “humbling” might take the cake. But this? This might be the worst: “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.” Um, what about the embarrassment and shame your poor victims felt?!?! Ugh. The signs were there. It’s not like he was hiding his grossness (ahem, Ann Curry, Meredith Vieira, Anne Hathaway). He might be working on repairing the damage he’s wrought, but it seems people are no longer buying what he’s selling.

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