NBC will conduct internal review of complaints made against Lauer

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"You're talking about judgement", Lauer noted as he again went back to Clinton's private email server and wondered how she could dismiss that breach of national security as just a "mistake". The women spoke to the magazine under condition of anonymity.

NBC staff members received a memo on Friday afternoon from Mr. Lack who addressed, "the circumstances around Matt Lauer's appalling behavior, why this was able to happen, and why it wasn't reported sooner". Because of New Zealand laws which take into account "good character" of foreign landowners, where Lauer recently purchased a $13 million farm, he could be forced to vacate it, as The Guardian reports.

In an earlier statement, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said that while this was the first complaint made about Lauer's behavior in his 20 years at the network, executives had "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident".

Fired "Today" host Matt Lauer is the biggest media figure brought down by sexual misconduct allegations since Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes were ousted from Fox News Channel. "At the conclusion of the review we will share what we've learned, no matter how painful, and act on it". "The women's movement got us into the workplace, but it didn't make us safe once we got there", she said.

Lauer was sacked Wednesday for what NBC called "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague. The insider added that numerous Today staffers are so shocked and outraged by Lauer's behaviour they have been unable to find the words to write back.

Lauer is said to have had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock the door without getting up, chiefly for the objective of being alone with female co-workers. Variety in a report detailed multiple allegations of untoward behavior, citing three women who have identified themselves of sexual harassment by Lauer.

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"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort", Lauer said in the statement, which was read by his former co-host Savannah Guthrie at the start of Thursday's broadcast.

He joined a lengthening list of prominent men toppled by misconduct claims, starting with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and expanding out to others in Hollywood, media and politics.

"It's conduct that is sexual, that is not welcome, that impacts someone's work", Curry said.

"There was a boys' club mentality in the control room and in the hallways, and any complaints about that were dismissed", the source said.

NBC has been caught up in other misconduct-related matters.

Television news contracts typically include a morals clause, giving a network some flexibility to fire a high-priced anchor for cause. However, NBC apparently has no plans to grant him the money he's seeking.

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