“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” a former producer claims to Variety. “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”
According to a New York Times article also published on Wednesday, NBC has now received two new complaints related to Lauer. According to the report, one complaint involves a former employee who claims Lauer called her to his office in 2001, and then had sex with her.
The woman, who declined to have her name used, tells the Times that she felt "helpless" and didn't want to lose her job. She also says she didn't report the alleged encounter at the time because she felt ashamed.
After Lauer released his statement, journalist Stephanie Gosk reported on these accusations on Today as the show promised viewers a day prior that they would not shy away from covering this story.
Here's more on Lauer's ousting from NBC and the women who have come forward: