NBC News Probe Absolves Network Executives in Matt Lauer Scandal

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News says no one in its leadership ranks knew about former star anchor Matt Lauer's allegedly inappropriate behavior, according to an internal investigation the network released Wednesday.

But NBC was criticized for not allowing outsiders to look at its practices. And shortly after Lauer was sacked, Lack promised a thorough "culture assessment" while also instituting mandatory in-person training on workplace behavior and harassment prevention for all 2000 employees of NBC News.

Nearly 70 current and former employees were interviewed in the investigation, led by NBCUniversal general counsel Kim Harris, many of whom reportedly "expressed shock" after reading the reports of Lauer's behavior, "including employees who spent significant amounts of time with" him.

While the NBC memo said it was the first complaint it received about Lauer, it added it had "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident". There was no mention of a former NBC News employee's accusation last month that former "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances on her, which he has denied.

NBC said the work of its all-female investigative team was reviewed and approved by two outside firms. According to the report, Lauer admitted on November 28, 2017, that he engaged in sexual activity with a female complainant who had one day earlier approached NBC News management.

"I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months", Lauer stated.

According to the NBC report, the four women who accused Lauer of sexual misconduct late previous year confirmed "that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer".

The four women all "confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer".

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An internal investigation by NBC has found no evidence that anybody in leadership positions at the network had knowledge of any complaints made against former "Today" anchor Matt Lauer before he was sacked.

Although the investigation crew states that the majority witnesses "had optimistic issues to say about Lauer's demeanor within the office" and described him as "a really non-public one who acted as a good friend {and professional} mentor to each women and men alike", others identified that the newsman usually made sexually charged feedback and jokes.

Curry was not immediately available to clarify that on Wednesday.

Some of the women interviewed said Lauer was indeed flirtatious and used sexually suggestive language with them as well, but once they ignored or declined his advances, Lauer did not retaliate in any way. While the office itself has already been demolished as part of renovations at NBC offices, the report revealed that the button can be found in multiple offices and is used to release a magnet that keeps the door open.

Again in December, a At this time present supply instructed PEOPLE they have been shocked by the allegations - however not by rumors of extramarital affairs.

"The investigation team does not believe that there is a widespread or systemic pattern of behavior that violates Company policy or a culture of harassment in the News Division", the report concludes. Harris' report was primarily concerned with Lauer, and no specific complaints about others were discussed.

In a note to staff on Wednesday, Lack wrote, "The last few months have been extraordinarily hard, with our dedicated journalists doing some of our best work ever while we endured a painful period in the spotlight including a thorough and deserved examination". "But that history also includes a time when people were not comfortable coming forward to voice complaints about repugnant behavior. That is not acceptable".

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