Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer has been at the center of a lot of controversy regarding his alleged behavior in the past. Recently, Brooke Nevils came forward and accused the former TV personality of raping her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with Lauer since responding in an open letter. However, now both he and NBC News face new claims from journalist Ronan Farrow.
Appearing on “Good Morning America” on Friday morning, the “Catch and Kill” author revealed that he allegedly uncovered a “paper trail” with associated documents that expose the fact that the network paid off other Lauer accusers years before he was actually fired in November 2017.
Over the course of his reporting, Farrow said that he discovered “multiple secret settlements” that indicate NBC had prior knowledge of Lauer’s alleged behavior. According to the author, this would demonstrate that the network lied regarding how they dealt with their previous employee.
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Farrow also revealed that he ultimately discovered seven non-disclosure agreements.
“Multiple ones of those were with Matt Lauer accusers. This is years before the incident with Brooke Nevils and the firing,” he said, adding, “It is indisputable that there was a chain of secret settlements at this company that were covered up with victims of harassment and assault.”
[email protected] EXCLUSIVE: @RonanFarrow sits down one-on-one with @GStephanopoulos to discuss allegations against Matt Lauer, his Harvey Weinstein investigation and NBC News' response to his reporting detailed in his new book "Catch and Kill." https://t.co/W1vUNMab63 pic.twitter.com/CrfPeYvFyM
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 11, 2019
For their part, NBC has called this allegation “absolutely false” and continues to state that they only learned of Lauer’s misconduct the day before his firing.
The network reportedly had known about “Catch and Kill” for quite some time and were said to be “bracing” for “bombshells” that were set to be exposed. Along with Farrow’s book, Lauer’s former “Today” co-anchor Katie Couric is also slated to release a book in 2021 titled “Unexpected.” The content of Couric’s book reportedly had Lauer “paralyzed with fear” at one point in time.
As for Lauer, he was reportedly attempting to “get ahead” of the tell-alls by giving a new interview to NBC’s Tamron Hall. However, it remains unclear if that is still going to occur.