On Nov. 29, the world woke up to the news that Matt Lauer had been fired as a co-anchor on “TODAY” after decades with the NBC network.
In a memo to ‘TODAY” employees, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said that Lauer was dismissed after a colleague came forward with sexual misconduct allegations about him on Monday. In the memo, Lack wrote, “We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Following news of his firing, Page Six reported that a source told them that Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted a woman during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
“This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night. The victim says she has evidence that this has also happened to other women, but so far we don’t have evidence of that,” an inside source at NBC claimed.
The identity of the staff member is unknown at this time.
Lauer has previously been rumored to have engaged in inappropriate behavior. His wife, Annette filed for divorce in 2006 citing ““cruel and inhumane” behavior in the documents but later withdrew them after the couple reached a private agreement.
Editor’s note: a previous version of this story stated that the alleged incident occurred at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It has since been updated to reflect that the allegations stem from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. We regret the error.