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Matt Lauer is Fired from the Today Show After Allegations of Sexual Harassment

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Matt Lauer fired from The Today Show over Sexual harassment allegationsIt seems like every day there is some depressing news about another high-powered celeb and a sexual harassment scandal. This time, it’s Matt Lauer’s name in the news and he has been fired from his position as host from The Today Show. The news was released this morning that NBC has decided to let the long time host go. The news came a shock to fans of the show and the details of his firing are scandalous. Over the course of today, the details have started to emerge. Variety conducted a two month long investigation into the sexual harassment allegations.

Three women have come forward to talk with Variety about their accusations and several of their friends, family members and coworkers have backed up their stories. The women wished to remain unnamed in fear of potential professional repercussions. Lauer, boasting a $25 million a year annual salary, was let go due to a very detailed and very graphic complaint from a current NBC employee about inappropriate sexual conduct from Lauer that started on a trip at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and then continued on for several months.

NBC said in a statement that this the first complaint about his behavior in over 20 years and acknowledged that it may not be the last. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said, “We were also presented with reason to believe that this may not have been an isolated incident.”

This statement has been contradicted by the women interviewed by Variety. The woman claimed that they complained to the network but that the complaints fell on deaf ears. The claim it was to keep Lauer happy thanks to the advertising money that he brought to the network.

The accusations against him are pretty salacious. According to the article, Lauer gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which humiliated and embarrassed the woman. Another accusation is that he would ask different female employees to come to his office and then show him his penis. He would also ask female employees detailed questions about their sexual partners. He would make lewd comments to women or would text them sexually explicit messages.

It was reported that Lauer had a pattern of becoming intensely interested in a young, female producer and then show interest in her career. He would typically engage in this pattern usually at the Olympics. He would invite a female colleague over to his hotel room late at night while covering the Olympics in various countries over the years.

He behavior was no secret over the years. Some of the people interviewed for the article said that the management was well aware of his behavior but kept it under wraps. Rumors have circulated that even his wife was aware of his lewd behavior.

The article states that the employees were town on what to do about it. They all felt like if they complained about Lauer, they would that would face the wrath of Lauer and potential unemployment. Lauer would also pass on stories about cheating husbands or infidelities and it was reported that the situation around the studio became tense around the time of the Roger Ailes and Harvey Weinstein scandals because he had to keep up the conversation about sexual harassment even though he had a reputation for sexually harassing women.

The co-anchors of the show have been making their own statements about the situation and everyone of them appear to be shocked by the allegations. Savannah Gunthrie looked shaken as she announced the news this morning. Multiple celebrities have also tweeted out condemning Lauer and his actions. So far, he has not made his own statement regarding the firing and allegations.

Anthony Weiner Caught Again, but this Time Sexting a 15 Year-Old Girl

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This guy again. Ugh, it wasn’t bad enough that he just got caught sending a sext to someone with his tip-of-the-weineryoung son sleeping besides him, he is now reported to be sexting with a 15 year-old girl. The Daily Mail broke the story that he carried on a month long affair and she claims he asked her to dress up in ‘school-girl’ outfits for him on a video messaging application and pressed her to engage in ‘rape fantasies’ even though he knew she was underage.
The girl, who’s name is being withheld, says that the online affair started last January before Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, announced that their marriage was over. The girl and her father were interviewed by the Daily Mail and were able to provide pictures of Weiner along with his messages to the girl. Even though Weiner was trying hard to not get caught by using an app that is supposed to delete all your messages once they have been opened, the girl took screenshots of every message.

In this statement to The Daily Mail, Weiner said, “I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent. I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.”  He then goes on the further explain that he thinks that he is caught up in some elaborate hoax, “While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry.”

Weiner claims it is all a hoax due to fact that once the girl confided in her father and a teacher of the affair, she wrote a letter claiming that she lied about all the sordid details of the affair. This letter,the girl claims, was actually written at Weiner’s request once he found out that she had told people what was going on between them.

The family is choosing to not press charges because they are worried about the girl’s mental health. The father agrees that her mental health is fragile right now and they do not want to make it worse by contacting the authorities. The girl’s father said, “She’s gone through some depression, we’ve sought counselling and been able to help her work through it,” he continued by saying,  “She’s a bright girl, very smart, so this has somewhat dulled the light that she had previous to this…it’s gut-wrenching to see somebody take that away.”

He is literally on track to be the 2016’s worst man of the year. Even though he keeps getting caught sexting and has been publicly embarrassed and shamed by this behavior, he continues on. We understand why the parents don’t want to go to the authorities but we wish they would. Well, here’s to seeing more scandals with this guy in the future!


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