AceShowbiz - Now that Matt Lauer has been fired from "Today" over multiple sexual harassment allegations, old footage has surfaced online, adding more evidence to the TV host's alleged inappropriate sexual behavior. One of the videos saw Katie Couric blatantly revealing that Lauer "pinched" her "on the ass a lot."
The former "Today" co-host appeared in a 2012 interview on "Watch What Happens Live". When host Andy Cohen asked Couric during a game of "Plead the Fifth" about what was the most annoying habit of Lauer, the 60-year-old responded, "He pinches me on the ass a lot." Cohen replied, "Wow! I wouldn't have a problem with that."
Couric hosted "Today" alongside Lauer from 1997 to 2006. She left the show to anchor the "CBS Evening News".
That was not the only old video coming back in the light following shocking sexual harassment allegations against Lauer. TMZ released a video of Lauer making lewd comments to his "Today" co-host Meredith Vieira. Taken 11 years ago, the video saw Lauer asking Vieira to "keep bending over" for him to have "a nice view."
The video was taken when the show went to commercial break during an October 2006 episode. Lauer was sitting on the couch while Vieira could be seen standing up while attaching a microphone to her shirt. As Vieira bent over to grab scripts on the table, Lauer commented, "Pretty sweater. Keep bending over like that. It's a nice view."
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said on Wednesday, November 29 that Lauer had been fired after an employee met with human resources at NBC News on Monday night with "a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer."
Lauer allegedly once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. In addition, he included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, leaving her mortified. Another allegation suggested that Lauer summoned a different female employee to his office, where he took off his pants and showed her his penis. As the employee declined to engage in a sexual act with him, Lauer reportedly reprimanded her for that.
According to a source, the employee who met with NBC News' human resource alleged that Lauer invited her to his hotel room late at night while covering the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014. The woman's lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, said they met with NBC officials on Monday evening. "My client and I met with representatives from NBC's Human Resources and Legal Department at 6 P.M. on Monday. Over the course of several hours, my client detailed egregious acts of sexual harassment and misconduct by Mr. Lauer," Wilkenfeld said in a statement.