Matt Lauer's Anonymous Accuser's Lawyer Says His Client Is 'Terrified'

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The anonymous woman at Today who accused Matt Lauer of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," ultimately leading to his firing from the show last month, is "terrified," her lawyer says.

In an interview by NBC News that aired on Today on Friday, the accuser's attorney, Ari Wilkenfeld, tells the network's Stephanie Gosk that his client is afraid her identity will come out.

"She does live in constant fear that people are going to track her down and figure out who she is," Wilkenfeld explains. "There’s a hunt underway to figure out who she is, and I think that's going to have a chilling effect on other women who are going to come forward and tell their stories."

"She doesn't want to be known," he continues. "She feels terrified for herself, and she feels badly for the many other women who are suspected of being her, who are also being hounded and harassed by people who are just trying to get the details of who the woman is."

Wilkenfeld adds that NBC hasn't done anything extensive to protect the identity of his "Incredibly brave" client, who met with executives from the network last month to tell her story. The meeting, he says, lasted three hours.

"She showed her face, she gave her name, she told her story," Wilkenfeld says. "And at the conclusion of the interview she was asked, 'What do you want?' And she said, 'I want you guys to do the right thing. And also I'd like you to maintain my confidentiality.'"

"NBC has a duty to maintain confidentially," he continues. "That means to maintain secrecy over her name and to hold to themselves the details of her story. And they have not done a good job of doing that. They know exactly what they've done, and they need to stop."

As ET previously reported, Lauer was dismissed on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 28. His firing was announced during the opening of Today one day later by Savannah Gutherie and Hoda Kotb.

Following his termination, Lauer released an apology statement: "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. 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."

On Thursday, a former Today show production assistant, Addie Collins, went on the record with Variety and detailed an alleged affair she had with Lauer in 2000. Collins claims she was 24 years old at the time -- Lauer was 43 and had just tied the knot with his wife, Annette Rogue, two years prior.

"Even though my situation with Matt was consensual, I ultimately felt like a victim because of the power dynamic," Collins explains. "He went after the most vulnerable and the least powerful -- and those were the production assistants and the interns."

ET has reached out to Lauer's rep. NBC has declined to comment.

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