After Wednesday morning's shocking firing of "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer, reporters at Variety released a long-in-the-works exclusive story about the allegations of sexual harassment. And holy moly, are there some shocking claims in the piece. Lauer is accused of exposing himself to women, gifting a colleague a sex toy, and would pressure his colleagues into sexual situations on work trips. It's pretty horrifying stuff, and then there's this:
Wait, sorry, what was that? (Emphasis added.)
Lauer, who was paranoid about being followed by tabloid reporters, grew more emboldened at 30 Rockefeller Center as his profile rose following Katie Couric’s departure from “Today” in 2006. His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy. It allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him, according to two women who were sexually harassed by Lauer.
Oh, okay. Okay. Okay. That seems normal and not at all sketchy.
Pretty much everyone had the same reaction: