Former NBC anchor Ann Curry told the Washington Post she brought an accusation of sexual harassment against Matt Lauer to two managers at NBC in 2012, but nothing was done.
Curry said she was relaying an account from a female co-worker who had confided in her.
“A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her,” Curry said. “She was afraid of losing her job. … I believed her.”
“I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women,” said Curry.
The Post talked to the co-worker who confirmed Curry’s account. She asked to remain anonymous out of fear of a possible backlash.
Curry has called for “systematic change.”
“We are way overdue to ending this,” she said to USA Today. I say ‘enough.’ Enough. And what we need to do is to balance the power.
“Women are at least one-to-one as far as population in this country, in some years we are the overwhelming majority of humanity. And as a result, we have to ask, ‘Why is it we’re so poorly represented in positions of power in America?’ As long as this imbalance of power exists, there’s a vulnerability.”
Lauer was fired in November by NBC following complaints of sexual harassment, which he continues to deny.
“I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months,” he said in a statement to the Post. “I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up.
“I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”
The accusations from Curry come as former NBC Anchor Tom Brokaw is also being accused of sexual harassment.
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