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Matt Lauer Supposedly Had Panic Button to Trap in Victims

“Bro! Genius! — Harvey Weinstein.

Matt Lauer, super shady. Never knew. It’s always the plain looking, boring dudes who are the creepiest. Lauer got the boot from NBC News for sexually harassing women. 2017 is the year of the women…sort of? Except for Terry Crews and his dong grabbing sexual harasser.

Anyway, Variety did a huge article on Lauer. They should’ve stamped a huge red “CREEP” across the whole article. This guy did everything from giving sex toys as gifts to showing his penis to women employees. Dude was pretty devious.

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.

Those women have PTSD now whenever they hear a “CLICK” behind them now. This guy actively went out of his way to trap in his victims so there’d be no witnesses. Sociopath.

I’ll save you some reading and highlight the most salacious details from Variety.

Matt Lauer gives awkward Christmas gifts

As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

Never invite this guy to a Secret Santa exchange.

Lauer flashes his penis

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

I guess when you get rich, famous and powerful, you just whip out your penis and expect women devour it like centipedes. No questions asked.

He’s not really good at small talk

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.

Pssh. Locker room talk, amirite?

Not a herpes fan

Some producers told Variety they were conflicted about what to do around Lauer. They worried that their careers would be sidelined if they didn’t return his advances. “There is such shame with Matt Lauer not liking you,” the former employee added. “I did this special with him and we are traveling and I had a cold sore on my lip and I heard him say to Bryant Gumbel, ‘She has this really ugly cold sore on her lip,’ like that was something to be ashamed of. He was just really cruel.”

Cold sore? It’s just a rash! Totally safe to smooch.

What’s NBC’s liability in this? Sounds like they covered this up.

Several women told Variety they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding “Today.” NBC declined to comment. For most of Lauer’s tenure at “Today,” the morning news show was No. 1 in the ratings, and executives were eager to keep him happy.

They knowingly let sexual harassment go on. On the other hand, this whole thing blew up only because an employee went the official route and complained to human resources at NBC. Only then did NBC say, “Oh crap, we’d let this go if only Harvey Weinstein didn’t screw it up for everyone.” Can a company investigate just based on gossip? I don’t think so right, but I’m not in employment law.

A lot of women slept with Lauer because of his power. And they felt forced by Lauer to do so.

“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” says a former producer who knew first-hand of these encounters. “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”

Well, now Matt’s out $25 million a year. It took Mel Gibson 10 years to get back into Hollywood’s good graces because of his anti-Semitic comments. How long before Lauer gets a second chance? Someone start a pool. I’ll take five years along with the obligatory TV interview where he gives us a sob story how he needs “help.”

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