That Explains It: Ann Curry Reported Matt Lauer For Sexual Assault Against Another Woman The Same Year She Was Fired
Despite their best efforts at an explanation, the removal of Ann Curry from ABC’s “Today” show never made sense. She had been with NBC for years. She was an asset to the show, not only for her professionalism and journalistic abilities but also because she was a diverse voice as both a woman and a member of the Asian community.
The pieces just didn’t fit.
But now that Matt Lauer, her former co-host has also been ousted from the position, for sexual harassment, Curry’s dismissal is making a bit more sense.
In a recent article published by The Washington Post, Ann Curry said that in 2012, the same year she was fired, she approached two members of NBC’s management team to discuss complaints from a female staffer who alleged she had been “sexually harassed physically” by Lauer.
Curry said, “A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her. She was afraid of losing her job…I believed her.”
The woman asked Curry not to reveal her name to anyone and Curry agreed. When she reported the issue to management, she did name Lauer. “I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women.”
The woman confirmed to The Washington Post that she did indeed tell Curry about her interaction with Lauer and that she feared losing her job if she spoke out.
Curry did not name the executives she spoke with but an NBC spokesman said that the company had no record of her warning and then added that there was no mention of the incident in Lauer’s personnel file.
Since Curry left NBC altogether in 2015, she signed a nondisclosure agreement with the broadcasting company and has been reluctant to speak about her experiences with the network.
Curry says she understands the reluctance of victims to support harassment.
“This is one of the problems when we talk about corporations with an HR department being under leadership of someone who might or might not be accused,” she said. “How are they going to complain about it if they are accusing someone who is overseeing the department that is supposed to protect them?”
The ultimate question, Curry added, is: “Do you have a system that allows those who feel they have been victimized to air their complaints without fear they will lose their jobs? I don’t know a company that does.”