NBC Says It Believes Matt Lauer's Accusers After Months-Long Investigation

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And shortly after Lauer was sacked, Lack promised a thorough "culture assessment" while also instituting mandatory in-person training on workplace behavior and harassment prevention for all 2000 employees of NBC News.

Sixty-eight people, including current and former Today hosts and NBC News management, were interviewed during the investigation, which was handled by two outside law firms and the company's general counsel.

Chris Gardner, the reporter who interviewed McGowan, noted the former "Charmed" star was upset, in part, because Obama's daughter, Malia, had once interned at the now-defunct Weinstein Company.

As for Lauer's behavior, according to the report, the newsman "frequently engaged in sexual banter or joking in open work environments with other employees present or in a position to overhear his comments", though the conduct "did not rise to the level of creating a hostile work environment, and no witnesses described it as such".

The report also said that, of four women who filed complaints about Mr. Lauer's misbehavior, two believed that senior managers at NBC News and the "Today" show were aware of the anchor's sexual misconduct.

"We can not change the past", Lack said.

At the time, NBC News president Andrew Lack initiated the internal probe with NBCUniversal HR leaders and vowed to release the findings. The complainant claimed her manager "inquired about her well-being", and both agreed she would not be assigned to projects that would require her to travel with Lauer.

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His accusers told investigators they did not tell their managers or anyone in charge about their interactions with the former "Today" anchor.

Not every NBC News employee is happy with Lauer's spotless report card, however.

This determination by the investigation seems to conflict with public statements by Ann Curry, who came forward in 2012 and said that a woman confided to her that Lauer had sexually harassed her. Curry told NBC management at the time that "they should be concerned about Lauer's behavior toward women", reads the report. "Many interviewed expressed shock upon studying press experiences relating to Lauer's alleged conduct, together with workers who spent important quantities of time with Lauer due to their job duties or having recognized him for years". The report said Curry, in an interview with investigators, "confirmed that she did not disclose to anyone in management that she had received a specific complaint".

The report said three more employees subsequently came forward with similar complaints about Lauer. "The report tells us something important - that a number of employees feel they can not come forward with harassment allegations". According to these women, Lauer did not pursue them further when they deflected or ignored the overture, and they did not experience any retaliation. The button closed the door, but didn't lock it, the report said. 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 behavior by Lauer, and we did not find any contrary evidence.

The report also addressed a notorious element of the Lauer-harassment scandal: the existence of a button in his office that allegedly locked the door remotely.

The statement continued, "A more effective way to make employees feel better, safer or more confident about coming forward with stories of misconduct is to make sure there is an independent investigation". It recommended improved training, more communication from management, and improvements to employee complaint-reporting channels.

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