It has been five months since sexual misconduct allegations were brought against news anchor Matt Lauer. Following the news of the allegations, Lauer was terminated from his position at NBC.
Since his termination in November 2017, Lauer has kept an extremely low profile. Since his initial statement, he hasn't addressed the allegations against him. Until now.
On Wednesday, Lauer, 60, finally spoke out in a statement to the Washington Post. The statement, which was released on Thursday, reads,
“I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months. I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost,” Lauer said.
“But defending my family now requires me to speak up. I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false,” the statement concluded.
Lauer's termination marked the end of his 20 years as co-anchor on the "Today" show. Just hours after he was fired, he released a statement which included, “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” he said.
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