A video has surfaced of former “Today” show host Matt Lauer telling his co-host Meredith Viera: “Keep bending over like that. It’s a nice view.”
According to TMZ, the incident happened in October 2006.
The “Today” show had gone to a commercial, but an NBC affiliate in New York kept airing the show live.
TMZ also notes that Viera spilled the beans on a bag of sex toys that she found in Lauer’s “Today” office during a broadcast of her own show when he was a guest in 2016 (video below).
Lauer put the blame on a sex therapist who supposedly appeared on the “Today” show, and gave everyone bags of sex toys; Viera said she never got a bag of sex toys.
The New York Times reports that Lauer allegedly locked a woman in his “Today” show office in 2001, had sex with her until she passed out, and had to receive medical care:
“In 2001, the woman said, Mr. Lauer, who is married, asked her to his office to discuss a story during a workday. When she sat down, she said, he locked the door, which he could do by pressing a button while sitting at his desk. (People who worked at NBC said the button was a regular security measure installed for high-profile employees.)”
“The woman said Mr. Lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. She said the anchor then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair and had intercourse with her. At some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. She woke up on the floor of his office, and Mr. Lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse.”
“The woman told The Times that Mr. Lauer never made an advance toward her again and never mentioned what occurred in his office. She said she did not report the episode to NBC at the time because she believed she should have done more to stop Mr. Lauer. She left the network about a year later.”
“On Wednesday, the episode in Mr. Lauer’s office was reported to NBC News after the woman told her then-supervisor, who still works at the network. The woman said an NBC human resources representative had since contacted her.”