Soon after NBC announced Wednesday that “Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired, reporters revealed that they had been looking into sexual misconduct allegations surrounding him.
After an investigation spanning two months, Variety published an article containing several accounts of sexual misconduct.
In one instance, Lauer allegedly gave a female coworker a sex toy and a note explaining how he’d use it on her. In another, Lauer allegedly invited a female employee to his office and showed her his penis.
But it’s the detail about Matt Lauer’s office door that has people talking.
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“His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up,” Variety reported, adding that Lauer allegedly used this tool to lock women in his office and prevent others from walking in.
Lauer is the latest media figure to lose his job after allegations of sexual harassment. CBS morning show host Charlie Rose was fired recently after being accused of sexual harassment, and others have been removed from their posts as well following an outpouring of allegations after The New York Times investigation of Harvey Weinstein.