Two things first come to mind when I read this latest Matt Lauer accusation. Emphasis on “the latest” (see Matt Lauer Fired, Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Staffer During Olympics and FLASHBACK: Katie Couric Outs Matt Lauer as an Ass Grabber. In 2012.). The first is how the media/entertainment business is even sleezier than the stereotypes about it.
The second, how is this not rape?
A married NBC staffer claimed she woke up in Matt Lauer’s office with her pants halfway down her legs after having sex with the anchor until she passed out.
The woman told The New York Times that the longtime Today Show host’s assistant had to take her to see a nurse after the alleged encounter in 2001.
In 2001, she claims the married Lauer summoned her to his office at 30 Rock in New York to discuss work. She says he then used a button under his desk to lock the door and then told her to unbutton her blouse.
Okay. A button under the desk to lock the door. According to Yashar, a lot of NBC executives, including women, have locks like this. However, not everyone at NBC used it to be a Bond villain.
I know everyone is talking about this door lock button, but Matt Lauer isn't the only per to have this button at NBC, it's something other execs have, including women NBC executives past/present. Not condoning it, but important to note that others have it/had it, including women. https://t.co/D767BWEnhA
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 29, 2017
She said the veteran broadcaster then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled out a chair, bent her over, and started having sex with her until she fell unconscious.
The woman told The Times she woke up a while later on the floor of his office with her pants halfway down her legs, prompting his assistant to take her to seek medical attention.
I would almost be impressed if I wasn’t choking on the bile in the back of my throat.
Think about how many people it takes to have covered this up. The assistant. The nurse. Coworkers. His Today Show co-hosts. Not a single person spoke up. And they didn’t know about it my ass. But it was her word against allllll these people shielding this barbaric ape. Which, granted, insults apes.
Fast forward fifteen years to the Rio Olympics, where he apparently sexually assaulted one too many times. Even then, the only reason Lauer is disgraced now is because Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates.
The rape culture was always there. “There” in the entertainment business. From where the most vocal feminists tried projecting it onto all of America (where it isn’t).