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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.

Another Woman has Come Forward with Allegations Against R & B Singer R. Kelly

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Allegations that R. Kelly has a sex cult It is fairly well known that R. Kelly has a long and sordid  history of sexual misconduct with young and underage girls, so it comes as no surprise that multiple women have come forward to alleged that R. Kelly used the promise of money and fame to lure them into what has been described as a “sex cult”. Now another woman has come forward this week with the claim that last year R. Kelly tried to entice her into having sex with him but after witnessing how controlling he became, she decided to stop seeing him. The woman gave insight into how R. Kelly slowly grooms young women to ultimately become part of his “cult” and move in with him.

The unnamed woman said she was 20 years old when first met R. Kelly backstage at one of his concerts last year. During the performance, the woman was approached by R. Kelly’s crew during the show and given a special bracelet that allowed her to have backstage access after the show. The woman said she was excited to meet R. Kelly and even posted to her social media how thrilled she was to be going backstage to meet such an iconic figure. When she finally met the singer, he gave her his number and they chatted on and off for awhile. R. Kelly made promises of fame and fortune to the young woman and then invited her to his home in Georgia, telling her she had to wear something sexy for him.

The young woman went to visit R. Kelly accompanied by a friend. She says that things began to get weird once she was at his house. He demanded that both the woman and her friend not use their phones while in his home. The young woman was ushered into R. Kelly’s room and she was asked by the singer to strut and pose in lingerie in his room. He requested to then take intimated photos of her. She was given $200 when she was leaving and R. Kelly requested that she use that money to buy herself  “black lingerie, heels and red lipstick for her next visit”.

The young woman then visited R. Kelly two more times after the first visit. She says that after the third time she visited his home, he became too controlling for her. He guilted her into posing for nude photos that she now regrets. The final straw was when her mother got wind of a one-way ticket to L.A. that R. Kelly was allegedly going to purchase for the young woman. Her mother told her that she was not allowed to use that ticket.

These allegations come the week after another woman, Jocelyn Savage, who is part of this alleged “sex cult” has come forward to say that she is not in a cult and that R. Kelly is not holding her against her will. These allegations came to light after her parents have gone public claiming that they have not seen their daughter in 2 years. The understanding was that R.Kelly was going to help Savage launch a singing career so she went to live with him. Now her family is claiming that he is holding her against her will and that he has brainwashed her. Other families have come forward to discuss similar stories and even part of R. Kelly’s inner circle are confirming and backing up their allegations.

Both Savage and R. Kelly deny the allegations. A representative for Kelly said Monday afternoon: “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

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