NBC has released the findings from its inquiry into alleged sexual harassment by “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the internal investigation found no evidence that NBC News leadership or human resources had received any complaints regarding Lauer’s “workplace behaviour prior to November 27, 2017.”
The investigation, which focused on complaints from four women who came forward last year, reportedly involved interviews with nearly 70 current and former employees.
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. Current and former members of NBC News and ‘Today’ show leadership, as well as News HR, stated that they had never received a complaint about inappropriate workplace behaviour by Lauer, and we did not find any contrary evidence.”
In a letter to employees, NBC News division chairman Andy Lack said, “Like many of you, I am immensely proud of NBC News, its history, and the work we do. But – stepping back from the investigation – that history also includes a time when people were not comfortable coming forward to voice complaints about repugnant behaviour. That is not acceptable. We cannot change the past. What we can do is learn from it, and try to make it right.”
The investigation was kicked off after Lauer was fired from NBC News on November 29 over the allegations against him of sexual harassment and “sexually inappropriate behaviour.”