NBC News fired “Today” news anchor Matt Lauer over sexual harassment hours before Variety published the results of a two-month investigation tying the morning show star to various levels of alleged sexual harassment.
Variety shared details that went viral on social media: According to Variety, Lauer’s private office at Rockefeller Plaza contained a secret button that could turn that office into a secret sex lair.
According to People, The “secret button” that Matt Lauer allegedly used to lock his door inside NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters was not a unique security feature.
“His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy,” Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh wrote.
An NBC insider confirmed the existence of the button to Fox News.
The NBC source added that Lauer’s secret button wasn’t the only one at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters. A similar button exists — or at least recently existed — in the office of the “Today” show’s executive producer. The mechanism was actually a “door opener”, a remote controlled device that would automatically open or close a door (and thereby lock if the door knob was “locked”).
In a report published Wednesday afternoon by Variety, three anonymous women accused Matt Lauer of sexual harassment, claiming Lauer had once brought a female employee into this office “and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis.” Lauer then allegedly “reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.”