Despite a non-disclosure agreement causing Ann Curry reluctance about talking about Matt Lauer and sexual harassment at NBC, the former Today co-anchor recently spoke out about the situation.
Page Six reported that Curry revealed there was "pervasive verbal sexual harassment at NBC" during her tenure there. In fact, she claims that in 2012, she warned NBC management that they had a problem with her co-host Lauer. However, NBC doesn't have a record of the complaint and Curry will not reveal the names of the managers she spoke to about the problem.
In 2012, according to Curry, one of her female co-workers asked her for help in dealing with a situation with Lauer. The woman was afraid of losing her job if she spoke out on her own. Curry said she believed her female co-worker.
Plus, Curry understands why it's difficult to report a sexual harassment situation to HR. People who report these matters run the risk of reporting something to somebody who may or may not be accused of sexual harassment, and the lines blur quickly. Curry said she doesn't believe most companies have a system in place to allow employees to make reports without fear of reprisal and losing their jobs.
On Wednesday, Lauer spoke out about the sexual harassment claims. While he admitted that he acted inappropriately as a husband, the former Today host categorically denied that he was abusive, aggressive, or coercive at any time. He said the allegations against him are false.