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

Matt Lauer's Anonymous Accuser's Lawyer Says His Client Is 'Terrified'
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
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Former 'Today' Show Production Assistant Details Alleged Matt Lauer Affair

Former 'Today' Show Production Assistant Details Alleged Matt Lauer Affair
Another woman has come forward with allegations against Matt Lauer, but this time, she claims their encounters were consensual.

Former Today show production assistant Addie Collins details an alleged 2000 affair with Lauer in an article published by Variety on Thursday. Collins was 24 years old at the time, Lauer was 43 and had just tied the knot with Annette Roque two years prior.

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

According to Collins, Lauer began sending her flirty messages shortly after he found out she was leaving NBC for a local news job in West Virgina. Before she left, she says Lauer invited her to lunch, which she agreed to for "purely professional" reasons. She claims that the two then began an affair, and alleges that they
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Jessica Chastain Says She Feared Speaking Out Against Sexual Harassment Would Affect Her Career

Jessica Chastain Says She Feared Speaking Out Against Sexual Harassment Would Affect Her Career
Jessica Chastain admits that her fifth Golden Globe nomination came as a surprise.

On Monday, the 40-year-old actress was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her lead role in Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game, but tellsThe New York Times that she feared her outspoken remarks on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry would have a negative affect on her career.

"To be honest, I'm mainly surprised about my nomination," she confesses. "As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?"

In October, the Times released an expose where numerous women accused former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Not long after the piece was published, Chastain tweeted: "I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is
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Matt Lauer and Katie Couric's 'Undeniable Chemistry': Looking Back at Their 25-Year History

Matt Lauer and Katie Couric's 'Undeniable Chemistry': Looking Back at Their 25-Year History
In the history of TV anchor pairings, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer stand out as one of the strongest — which makes her reaction to his bombshell firing even more poignant.

On Friday, Couric, 60, broke her silence on the news that NBC had fired the longtime Today host after receiving a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior,” with reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident.” Swiftly following his termination, women also anonymously accused Lauer, 59, of sexual harassment and assault in reports published by Variety and The New York Times.

Calling it “incredibly upsetting,” Couric
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Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer: ‘It’s Incredibly Upsetting’

Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer: ‘It’s Incredibly Upsetting’
Katie Couric took to Instagram to weigh in on former “Today Show” co-host Matt Lauer’s ousting from NBC after he was accused of multiple acts of sexual misconduct. Couric posted a picture with her daughter on Friday (seen below), and one commenter wanted to know why she hadn’t spoke out about Lauer, who she worked alongside on the NBC morning show for 10 years. “Nothing to say on Matt?? Huh – ya’ll would have been all over the story years ago,” said the commenter. Also Read: Seth Meyers Dubs Matt Lauer the Real 'Dildo at Work' in a 'Closer Look' (Video) “It’s incredibly.
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A History of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer's Friendship on Today and Beyond

A History of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer's Friendship on Today and Beyond
For a decade, no other network could come close to capturing the magic being made by Katie Couric and Matt Lauer over at Today. The congenial pair just meshed perfectly, and together with news anchor Ann Curry and weatherman Al Roker they formed the Fab Four of morning TV—and they had the ratings to prove it. By May 1998, a year after Lauer replaced Bryant Gumbel as Couric's permanent co-anchor, 5.26 million people a day were tuning in. They had not only added almost a million viewers since the same time in 1996, but they were more than 2 million ahead of second-place Good Morning America. NBC's flagship morning show was firing on all cylinders. To be sure,...
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Katie Couric Breaks Her Silence On Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Claims

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Katie Couric breaks her silence on Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment claims. The 60-year-old journalist served as Lauer’s “Today” show co-host from 1997 to 2006, had yet to speak out after her former colleague was fired last week for “inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace.” On Friday, an Instagram user commented on Couric’s most recent picture of her and her daughter, […]
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Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Katie Couric has broken her silence in the wake of Matt Lauer‘s shocking firing from the Today show.

Couric, who spent 15 years co-hosting NBC’s Today show with Lauer, 59, and left in May 2006 to anchor the CBS Evening News, had yet to comment on the sexual misconduct allegations that have been brought against Lauer.

But on Friday, Couric, 60, addressed the claims against Lauer when she replied to an Instagram user who commented on a photo that the veteran journalist posted, in which she called Couric out for not publicly addressing the scandal.

“Nothing to say on Matt?? Huh – y
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Katie Couric Breaks Her Silence on Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Claims

Katie Couric Breaks Her Silence on Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Claims
Katie Couric breaks her silence on Matt Lauer's sexual harassment claims.

The 60-year-old journalist served as Lauer's Today show co-host from 1997 to 2006, had yet to speak out after her former colleague was fired last week for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."

On Friday, an Instagram user commented on Couric's most recent picture of her and her daughter, Carrie, asking why she hadn't said anything about the claims against Lauer.

Couric replied, writing, "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to. Thanks for your interest."

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Couric and Lauer had a close relationship while working together. Earlier this year, Lauer called Couric his "soulmate" in an interview with TV Insider.

"Savannah gets it," Lauer said. "Meredith Vieira warms my heart. Katie Couric is kind of my soulmate. We make each other laugh."

Meanwhile, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2012 Couric revealed that Lauer "pinches me on the a** a lot
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Katie Couric Breaks Her Silence on Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Allegations

Katie Couric Breaks Her Silence on Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Allegations
Katie Couric is finally addressing the sexual misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer. Couric and Lauer co-hosted the Today show together for 15 years, from 1991 to 2006. However, when news broke that NBC terminated Lauer due to sexual harassment claims, Couric kept quiet. Until now. An Instagram user commented on a photo Couric posted to Instagram, asking for her thoughts on Lauer's termination. Couric responded, "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to. Thanks for your interest." Meanwhile, NBC fired Lauer on Wednesday of last week. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack informed the company about their decision via an email memo. "We...
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Matt Lauer Appears in Both 'I, Tonya' and 'Lady Bird' Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Matt Lauer Appears in Both 'I, Tonya' and 'Lady Bird' Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal
It turns out Matt Lauer has brief appearances in two critically acclaimed films this year.

Lauer, who was fired from the Today show on Nov. 29 for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," actually appears in both Lady Bird and I, Tonya. In Lady Bird -- a coming-of-age drama set in the early 2000s starring Saoirse Ronan -- Ronan's character Christine watches Lauer and his former co-host, Katie Couric, on television as he reports on 9/11.

In I, Tonya -- which stars Margot Robbie as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding -- Lauer is also shown reporting the news in real life, this time about the infamous 1994 attack on Harding's rival, Nancy Kerrigan.

So far, it appears Lauer's appearances in both films won't be cut following his sexual misconduct scandal. Et has reached out for comment.

Last month, Kevin Spacey was cut from the J. Paul Getty biopic All the Money in the World and replaced by Christopher Plummer, in the wake
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Matt Lauer ‘Today’ Footage Will Remain at 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC

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Matt Lauer ‘Today’ Footage Will Remain at 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC
A representative for New York’s September 11 memorial museum says Matt Lauer isn’t going anywhere. Footage of the now-disgraced former ‘Today” host reporting on September 11, 2001, with Katie Couric will remain in the museum, where it customarily plays for visitors on a continuous loop, a museum spokesperson told TheWrap. “The footage of Matt Lauer and Katie Couric sharing the news of the September 11 attacks during their morning broadcast will remain in the museum as it is part of the historical record,” communications director Kate Monaghan Connolly said in a statement Monday. Also Read: Matt Lauer Will Not Get Severance Pay From.
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The Ladies of SNL Welcome You 'to Hell' with Anti-Sexual Harassment Music Video

The Ladies of SNL Welcome You 'to Hell' with Anti-Sexual Harassment Music Video
In the past few months, a slew of powerful men — from Harvey Weinstein to Matt Lauer — have been outed as sexual predators. Though many may be shocked, the ladies of Saturday Night Live are here to tell you that this kind of bad behavior is nothing new.

Set in a Candy Land-like setting, host Saoirse Ronan and castmembers Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon posed as pop princesses to say “Welcome to Hell.”

“Hey there, boys. We know the last couple months have been frickin’ insane,” said Strong before Bryant chimed in, “All these big, cool, powerful guys are
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Matt Lauer's Ex-Wife Defends Him After Sexual Misconduct Allegations (Exclusive)

Matt Lauer's Ex-Wife Defends Him After Sexual Misconduct Allegations (Exclusive)
Matt Lauer's ex-wife has only good things to say about him.

Nancy Alspaugh, who was married to the fired Today show host from 1981 to 1988, spoke to Et exclusively by phone on Thursday, where she defended his character after multiple women accused Lauer of sexual misconduct.

"I was shocked because he’s been such a stalwart at that network and in that job," Alspaugh told Et regarding Lauer's firing. "He’s been the best person that’s ever held that job and I couldn’t imagine that anything that he would have done -- that would have been so out of character for him -- that would have caused that reaction."

Calling her former husband "incredibly nice, incredibly charming and incredibly willing to help anybody," Alspaugh added, "I never saw him as a power monger or somebody who would abuse his position in any way."

"That’s why it’s so shocking, I think, for the
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Inside Matt Lauer's Private World Away From Today: His Marriage and Kids, Lavish Lifestyle and a Random Ranch in New Zealand

Inside Matt Lauer's Private World Away From Today: His Marriage and Kids, Lavish Lifestyle and a Random Ranch in New Zealand
Less than 48 hours ago, Matt Lauer was king of the morning TV world. NBC's Today dominated the ratings for the better part of his 20-year run as co-anchor, first with Katie Couric, then Meredith VieiraAnn Curry, and most recently with Savannah Guthrie. Lauer's reported salary had grown to a reported $20 million a year, affording him a cushy lifestyle and an impressive real estate portfolio that includes a ranch in New Zealand and a $36.5 million estate in the Hamptons. NBC fired Lauer on Tuesday night after receiving a complaint of sexual misconduct against the veteran host and newsman from a female colleague, according to a statement the network released first thing...
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Russell Simmons Steps Down From Business Empire Following New Sexual Assault Allegation: Report

Russell Simmons Steps Down From Business Empire Following New Sexual Assault Allegation: Report
Facing a new sexual assault allegation, entrepreneur and producer Russell Simmons announced Thursday that he is stepping down from the Def Jam empire he helped found — joining an ever-growing list of celebrities like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Matt Lauer who have become engulfed in sexual misconduct scandals.

The exit comes after Rachel Getting Married screenwriter Jenny Lumet, 50, penned a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter Thursday morning claiming Simmons assaulted her in 1991.

Simmons issued a statement soon after, saying in part: “The voices of the voiceless, those who have been hurt or shamed, deserve and need to be heard.
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Former Today Boss Jeff Zucker Says He Was Unaware of Matt Lauer's Alleged 'Deviant, Predatory Behavior'

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Former Today Boss Jeff Zucker Says He Was Unaware of Matt Lauer's Alleged 'Deviant, Predatory Behavior'
Former Today show executive producer Jeff Zucker says he was unaware of what he described as Matt Lauer‘s alleged “deviant, predatory behavior” during their time working together.

Zucker, now the president of CNN, was the executive producer of the NBC morning show from 1992-2000. Lauer, 59, became Katie Couric‘s co-anchor in 1997.

“It’s incredibly disturbing, what we’ve learned in the last 24 hours in the reporting from the New York Times and Variety,” said Zucker, 52, on Thursday at Business Insider‘s Ignition conference on the future of media, according to video footage obtained by People. “Incredibly sad. First of all,
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Watch Matt Lauer Grill Bill O’Reilly About Alleged Sexual Harassment

Watch Matt Lauer Grill Bill O’Reilly About Alleged Sexual Harassment
Just two months before Matt Lauer was fired from NBC after the network received a complaint against the former Today host over his allegedly “inappropriate sexual behavior,” he interviewed Bill O’Reilly about the allegations of sexual harassment that led to his termination from Fox News.

“You were accused of sexual harassment,” Lauer began. “You said at the time that you did absolutely nothing wrong, do you stand by that?”

“I do,” O’Reilly responded.

Lauer then brought up that O’Reilly was “probably the last guy in the world wanted to fire because you were the guy that the
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Megyn Kelly Invites Matt Lauer Accusers on Her Hour of the Today Show

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Megyn Kelly Invites Matt Lauer Accusers on Her Hour of the Today Show
After admitting that Matt Lauer‘s firing “hits close to home,” Megyn Kelly says she’s committed to reporting the story as fairly and accurately as possible.

The former Fox News anchor — who was with the network for 12 years before moving to NBC this year — opened her Thursday hour on the Today show by addressing the shocking new reports that have come out since Lauer, 59, was terminated by NBC News after the network received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior,” with reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident.”

In a report published Wednesday afternoon by Variety,
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Jeff Zucker on Matt Lauer Claims: "It's Just Incredibly Heartbreaking"

Jeff Zucker, who was the executive producer of Today in 1997 when Matt Lauer became Katie Couric's co-anchor, said the allegations against Lauer that led to his termination on Wednesday are "incredibly disturbing" and "incredibly sad." 

"I didn't know this Matt," he said at Business Insider's Ignition conference on Thursday morning.

Asked about his knowledge of Lauer's "deviant and predatory behavior," as Zucker called it, he said "that is not something I was ever aware of, or had even heard of, or had even been suggested." Zucker said there was never a complaint made about Lauer during his tenure on the...
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