Disgraced former “Today Show” co-host Matt Lauer finally spoke about his firing over sexual harassment allegations, admitting that he “acted inappropriately” but disputed he ever assaulted anyone.
In a statement to the Washington Post, Lauer fought back against female colleagues who accused him of abuse.
“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,” his statement reads. “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.”
Lauer’s statement comes in the midst of WaPo’s report that NBC improperly handled accusations against him over the years.
After more than 20 years with the network, Lauer was fired by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack last November after a female staffer accused him of an “inappropriate sexual behavior” that started back at the 2014 Sochi Olympic games.
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