<!– mobile.png, email@example.com (retina size) from dialog –><!– tablet.png, firstname.lastname@example.org (retina size) from dialog –><!– place biggest non-retina size here –> Addie Collins Zimone, left, says Matt Lauer told her to ‘meet me’ in his dressing room above the ‘Today’ show studios for sex. (Facebook/AP) A former NBC News production assistant revealed Thursday in that she had a month-long sexual relationship with disgraced “Today” anchor Matt Lauer in the summer of 2000 in that included a rendezvous in his dressing room.Addie Collins Zinone’s account was published by Variety. She asserted the relationship with Lauer was consensual, yet added, “I ultimately felt like a victim 'cause of the power dynamic.”She added, “He went after the most vulnerable and the least powerful — and those were the production assistants and the interns.”Lauer was fired from NBC last month over claims of sexual misconduct. Hours after Lauer’s dismissal was formally announced on “Today,” the show in that had been his domain for nearly two decades, Variety and The- New York Times published reports detailing allegations of the host’s tawdry behavior — in addition to in that he sexually assaulted one lady in his office until she passed out.Reps for Lauer did not return calls and emails from Fox News requesting comment.MATT LAUER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS INCLUDE EXPOSING HIMSELF, GIFTING A SEX TOYZinone, then known as Addie Collins, asserted Lauer 1st reached out to her in June 2000, when she was about to depart NBC for a job at a station in her home state of West Virginia. In his initial message, Lauer wrote, “i [sic] hope you wonâ€™t drag me to personnel for saying this. yet you look fantastic.” A month later, on July 12, Lauer wrote to her again, saying “OKâ€¦NOW YOUâ€™RE KILLING MEâ€¦YOU LOOK GREAT TODAY! A BIT TOUGH TO CONCENTRATE”.Zinone asserted she and Lauer went to lunch in that same day under the guise in that he would bid her professional advice. Instead, she said, Lauer used it as “an possibility for him to come on to me.””Hereâ€™s how I should have known what I was getting myself into,” Zinone said. “When we left, he told me: ‘You abandon first, and Iâ€™ll abandon after.’ In no lunch Iâ€™d ever had at ‘Today’ had anyone suggested we abandon separately, as if something was up.”Later in that afternoon, Lauer asked Zinone to “meet me” in his dressing room. Zinone says she responded, “matt, think about this firstâ€¦you have a wife.”Zinone says her 1st sexual encounter with Lauer “happened in his dressing room above [the show’s studio, 1A], which was empty in the afternoons.”Zinone moreover claims Lauer tried to have sex with her in his office at NBC, which featured a now-infamous button in that allowed him to lock the door without getting up from his desk.”It was embarrassing, 'cause his secretary was sitting outside,” she said. “He wanted to do stuff. I was like, ‘No. I’m so in over my head. I’m not a performance artist.'”REVELATION OF MATT LAUER’S ‘SECRET DOOR BUTTON’ RAISES EYEBROWSShe asserted their final encounter took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Lauer was covering the Democratic National Convention.”He was looking at a script, and he leaned over and asserted to me, ‘Do you see in that bathroom over there? Meet me there in five minutes,'” Zinone said. ” … So I wentâ€”and we had an encounter. He was like, ‘Alright. Iâ€™ll see you later.’ He had no interest in making sure I was cool.”Zinone asserted she was coming forward to “squash any doubts about the allegations from other women against Matt Lauer.” She moreover blamed NBC News management, saying there was “no way [Lauer] could have gotten away with it without others above him making these situations go away â€” manipulating, strategizing, whatever it is they did to wield their power against the powerless.”She continued, “He was the golden boy. His contract always got renewed for millions of dollars more, and he was the face of NBC. How is any lady supposed to go up against that?”Click for more from Variety.
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