Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister, reporting for Variety:
Lauer, who was paranoid about being followed by tabloid reporters,
grew more emboldened at 30 Rockefeller Center as his profile rose
following Katie Couric’s departure from “Today” in 2006. 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.
Sounds like that button was only locking others out of his office, not locking women in, but still, that’s some fucked up shit. As Andy Richter observed, someone at NBC had to approve the installation of that button.
★ Wednesday, 29 November 2017