Ann Curry Reveals the Time She Reported Matt Lauer for Sexual Harassment Years Ago
On Friday, new information came to light about how Curry handled her former Today coanchor, Matt Lauer, during a particularly tricky time in 2012.
Ever since her unceremonious ousting from Today in 2012, Curry has been working on her own comeback, and it's (somewhat annoyingly) been overshadowed by requests for her comments on working with Lauer in light of the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him in 2017. While she's been pretty gracious about the whole thing, she's been hesitant to give too much detail about what it what like working with him and potential behavioral red flags she encountered... until now.
On Friday, we learned through a Washington Post report that Curry actually reported some allegedly disturbing behavior of Lauer's on behalf of a female coworker back in 2012. According to Curry, a female staffer took her aside and told her she was "sexually harassed physically by Lauer."
Curry explained, "A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her. She was afraid of losing her job… I believed her."
That belief in the story of her female coworker (whose name was withheld by Curry in the report) had Curry taking the allegations straight to NBC higher-ups. "I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women," she recalled to The Washington Post.
This story takes a bit of an interesting turn when this same Washington Post piece notes that, when asked for a comment on Curry's story, an NBC spokesperson claims there is no record of Curry's complaint or any notes in Lauer's personnel file about the alleged incident.
Curry comes across as pretty incensed about the incident, even to this day. "This is one of the problems when we talk about corporations with an HR department being under leadership of someone who might or might not be accused," she explains. "How are they going to complain about it if they are accusing someone who is overseeing the department that is supposed to protect them?"
The female staffer's complaint, made through Curry, may be in the wind, but the memory of what happened is clearly burned into Curry's brain. It's hard to forget or ignore incidents like these, but the one good takeaway from this incident is that Curry believed her female colleague and did everything in her power to help her out. At the end of the day, that matters.