NBC reached nondisclosure agreements with no less than seven girls who alleged harassment or discrimination on the corporate, together with former staff with lawsuits about former “Lately” host Matt Lauer, in line with a brand new guide by way of Ronan Farrow.
NBC Information received a duplicate of the guide, “Catch and Kill,” on Friday morning forward of its newsletter date on Oct. 15.
The claims seem to contradict a key a part of the general public statements made by way of the community, which has stated that all through an inside investigation it “exposed no claims or settlements in relation to allegations of beside the point behavior by way of Matt Lauer that pre-date his firing” in November 2017.
NBC Information Chairman Andrew Lack stated in a memo to the inside track division’s personnel this week that the community’s leaders and executives weren’t acutely aware of Lauer’s alleged misconduct till Brooke Nevils, a former NBC Information manufacturer who says Lauer raped her, introduced a formal-complaint to human sources.
Lauer has denied the allegation. The 2 had a couple of next sexual encounters, which he says have been consensual.
In his guide, Farrow wrote that over the process 2018, “I used to be additionally starting to be told of a trend surrounding girls with lawsuits.”
“A number of of the ladies who signed the nondisclosure agreements had lawsuits that have been unrelated to Lauer, about different males in management positions inside of NBC Information,” Farrow wrote, even though different agreements “known as into query the community’s declare that it had recognized not anything about girls’s allegations in opposition to Lauer.”
Farrow described 4 agreements with girls, together with no less than one unnamed on-air character, who stated they have been careworn by way of Lauer. No less than two of the ladies reached agreements earlier than he used to be fired, in line with Farrow.
Because it has from the start, NBC Information denied any wisdom of Lauer’s misconduct previous to his termination.
“Any advice that we knew previous to [Lauer’s firing], paid any ‘hush cash,’ or attempted to hide up any facet of Lauer’s appalling conduct is de facto false,” a community spokesperson stated Friday.
In Might of 2018, NBC launched the result of a five-month inside investigation that the corporate stated discovered no proof the leaders of its information department have been acutely aware of allegations of sexual misconduct by way of Lauer previous to his firing. The investigation used to be carried out by way of NBCUniversal normal recommend Kim Harris.
A spokesperson for NBCUniversal, the mum or dad corporate of NBC Information issued a observation announcing: “As we stated a yr in the past, we’ve reviewed all to be had data and there may be nonetheless no proof of any claims or settlements associated with Matt Lauer’s misconduct that pre-date his firing.
“The few examples that Farrow cites with any element contain staff who, by way of their very own admission, made no formal grievance, and whose departures have been utterly regimen,” the spokesperson added.
Farrow wrote that one unidentified on-air character who signed a nondisclosure settlement in 2012, 5 years earlier than the firing, claimed that “NBC sought the deal after she confirmed colleagues messages she took to be propositions, from each Lauer and one of the vital senior executives who later departed the corporate.”
The lady made up our minds to not make a proper grievance as a result of she “doubted the efficacy of the corporate’s HR division and feared additional hurt to her profession,” in line with Farrow. However the girl advised colleagues, he wrote.
In reaction, the NBCUniversal spokesperson stated: “Farrow says she confirmed ‘colleagues,’ now not control, made no formal file, and we now have discovered no report of 1. NDAs have been completely same old in all separation agreements at the moment.”
Farrow additionally wrote of a former “Lately” display manufacturer who claimed Lauer “uncovered his erect penis” to her in his administrative center in 2010. (Within the guide, Farrow stated the lady used to be “not able to touch upon her time” at NBC.) The lady “remembered reeling in accordance with Lauer’s advance, giggling nervously, seeking to extricate herself by way of cracking a comic story about now not in need of to be intimate in an administrative center the place ‘everybody else has accomplished it,'” in line with the guide.
However at one level, Farrow wrote, Lauer turned into indignant, announcing to the lady, ‘You are a f—–g tease. This isn’t just right. You led me on.”
The manufacturer, “visibly distraught,” recounted her declare intimately the next day to come, in line with Farrow, confiding in Lauer’s former “Lately” co-host, Ann Curry.
The lady, Farrow wrote, begged Curry and every other on-air character to not file her identify, “announcing she knew Lauer would ruin her profession,” however Curry advised two senior executives on the corporate that “that they had an issue in him.”
“He had an issue with girls,” Curry used to be quoted as announcing of Lauer. “They needed to control him.” So far as Curry knew, in line with Farrow, not anything took place after she spoke with the 2 unnamed senior executives.
The lady, whom Farrow stated reached a agreement with the corporate in 2013, remained on the community, however close to the top of her contract, she used to be fired and advised colleagues she used to be by no means supplied a explanation why. Farrow wrote that the community introduced her a six-figure sum in change for signing a unlock of rights, and requested her to signal same old nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements.
Within the guide, Farrow wrote that NBC disputed the perception that the lady’s payout used to be associated with her allegation about Lauer.
In a observation, the NBCUniversal spokesperson stated the lady “disclosed her allegation to Ann Curry in 2010, and requested her now not proportion it. Curry says she then advised two executives — either one of whom are now not with the corporate — that Lauer ‘had an issue with girls.’ Via her personal account, she relayed no explicit grievance, nor did she say Lauer’s ‘drawback’ seemed any explicit place of business misconduct.”
“We have been in a position to talk with a kind of former executives and he or she denied having been advised even this, and there is not any report of Curry’s conversations with any individual,” the spokesperson stated. “Years later she nonetheless had made no grievance about Lauer, used to be paid a severance in keeping with her years of provider, and used to be requested to signal a separation settlement that used to be same old for departing staff on the time.”
In a observation to NBC Information on Friday afternoon, Lauer’s lawyer, Libby Locke stated: “Ronan Farrow continues his try to monetize the MeToo motion, the use of salacious allegations as promotional trinkets to promote his guide. Matt by no means uncovered himself to any individual.”
“This ridiculous tale has been shopped round for years,” Locke added, relating to the account of Lauer exposing himself. “Many allegations which are being circulated have been by no means raised all through any fact-checking procedure. And regardless of repeated requests for an advance reproduction of this guide, we’ve now not been supplied one, whilst many media shops have. Matt can have extra to mention at a suitable time, however he’s going to now not participate within the advertising and marketing circus for this guide.”
In a separate observation to NBC Information on Friday morning, Locke stated: “In 25 years at NBC, Matt Lauer didn’t have a unmarried grievance dropped at his consideration till November 28, 2017. NBC has already mentioned this for the report after an inside investigation. I’m certain NBC can have a lot to mention about Ronan’s declare.”
In a 3rd instance, Farrow wrote of an unnamed senior member of the “Lately” display staff who, he stated, he had noticed crying at the display’s set a yr earlier than she reportedly won a seven-figure payout in change for signing a nondisclosure settlement.
Because the “Lately” worker’s contract with NBC ended, Farrow wrote, she raised harassment and discrimination issues with the community. However the community, in line with Farrow, stated her payout used to be now not associated with any explicit grievance.
The previous “Lately” worker additionally discussed the topic of Lauer and sexual harassment to an unnamed senior vice chairman of NBC, in line with Farrow, however didn’t come with subject material she later shared with Farrow, together with voicemails and textual content messages that she perceived as sexual overtures.
Lauer used to be fired by way of NBC Information on Nov. 29, 2017, following Nevils’ grievance to the corporate. Nevils’ accusation stated the conduct persisted within the place of business after the 2014 Olympics. Nevils won a seven-figure agreement from NBC in change for a nondisclosure settlement, in line with Farrow’s guide.
The NBCUniversal spokesperson denied that Nevils have been paid now not to talk about Lauer’s attack. “Brooke has all the time been unfastened to proportion her tale about Matt Lauer,” the corporate observation stated.
In a observation issued Wednesday, after Selection reported the allegations in opposition to Lauer after acquiring a duplicate of the guide, NBC Information stated Lauer’s behavior used to be “appalling, horrific, and reprehensible, as we stated on the time. That is why he used to be fired inside of 24 hours folks first finding out of the grievance. Our hearts destroy once more for our colleague.”
Within the memo to personnel participants, Lack reiterated the findings of the corporate’s investigation, including: “Any advice that we knew previous to that night or attempted to hide up any facet of Lauer’s behavior is de facto false and offensive.”