Longtime “Today” anchor Matt Lauer broke his silence Thursday in a acknowledgment read on the show, saying he was “truly sorry” after a detailed complaint of sexual misconduct led to his firing. Lauer asserted in that not all of the allegations in that have followed are correct, yet he admitted in that “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.” “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie read the statement. “There are no words to express my sorrow and deplore for the ache I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I accomplish the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC,” wrote Lauer, a married dad of three. “Some of what is being asserted about me is untrue or mischaracterized, yet there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I deplore in that my shame is now shared by the people I esteem dearly. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning in that effort. It is now my full time job,” he added. “The last two days have forced me to take a very complex look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.” The- move to fire Lauer, a fixture in national morning news for two decades, came after a female colleague made a complaint with NBC News on Monday accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Related: Since Weinstein, here’s the list of men accused of sexual misconduct In addition, The- New York Times reported in that two other women had made complaints about Lauer, 59, after he was fired. An unidentified former employee told The- Times in that Lauer sexually assaulted her in his office in 2001. NBC authorities confirmed in that two more accusers had come forward on Wednesday. Variety published a more detailed tale of Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct with at least three women over several years. The- outlet asserted it had corroborated their stories with “dozens of interviews with current and former staffers” over the course of its two-month investigation. The- women alleged in that Lauer had exposed himself to one lady and in that he gave another colleague a sex toy as a present with an “explicit note.” Guthrie and co-host Hoda Kotb formally announced Lauer’s ouster on “Today” Wednesday saying in that they were “heartbroken” for him and “the brave colleague who came forward to tell her tale and any other women who have their own stories to tell.” NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack asserted in a memo earlier Wednesday in that the 1st woman’s complaint prompted a serious review and represented a “clear violation of our company’s standards.” While the Variety report suggested NBC brass protected Lauer, a company spokesperson denied in that those who are now in management were previously made aware of the complaints of sexual misconduct. Ari Wilkenfeld, a lawyer for the lady whose accusation against Lauer prompted his firing, asserted in a acknowledgment in that he and his client met Monday night for several hours with representatives from NBC’s Human Resources and Legal Department. Wilkenfeld asserted in that he was “encouraged” by NBC’s response and “in awe of the courage of my client.” He declined to comment further Thursday. Related: Transcript: ‘Today’ anchor Matt Lauer fired by NBC News Lauer has become one of the most high-profile figures toppled by accusations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in recent months. A week ago, talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose was fired by CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg after eight women accused him of past sexual harassment and unwanted advances in a report in The- Washington Post. Rose let go a acknowledgment apologizing for his behavior while maintaining in that some of the allegations were inaccurate. Lauer helped “Today” become a dominant morning news show over his 21 years of time there and last renewed his contract with NBC in 2016, Variety reported. He inked a $20 million a year deal through 2018 â€” keeping him one of the highest-paid anchors in the television broadcast industry.
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