A series of bombshell sexual misconduct allegations have taken down some of the biggest names in media, Hollywood and politics over the last few months. One of the biggest was The Today Show anchor Matt Lauer. It was revealed that Lauer had a long history of abusive sexual behavior toward colleagues and staff. Lauer was fired swiftly this week after NBC validated a torrent of complaints.
A series of deeply disturbing details about the allegations of sexual assault have since been reported about Lauer. One of the creepiest was definitely the button under Lauer’s desk that would automatically lock his office door.
In 2001, the woman said, Mr. Lauer, who is married, asked her to his office to discuss a story during a workday. When she sat down, she said, he locked the door, which he could do by pressing a button while sitting at his desk. (People who worked at NBC said the button was a regular security measure installed for high-profile employees.)
The woman said Mr. Lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. She said the anchor then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair and had intercourse with her. At some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. She woke up on the floor of his office, and Mr. Lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse.
Internet sleuths have sense uncovered the infamous button in an old skit performed in Lauer’s office by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. In the skit, the button is clearly visible, as are the locks on Lauer’s door: