Ronan Farrow details Matt Lauer’s physical reaction to the news.
In a copy of his book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Ronan Farrow revealed the December 2016 conversation he had with Matt Lauer. The now disgraced anchor wanted insights on Farrow’s stories, saying they could be featured on his former network NBC.
Fox News reported that Farrow told Lauer, “There’s one on Dow and Shell seeding California farmlands with toxic chemicals. There’s a series on addiction, one on truck safety reforms being blocked by lobbyists, and one about sexual harassment in Hollywood.” Farrow said that Lauer’s eyes then “snapped back to me”.
However, the former NBC employee said he wasn’t sure which of his stories “caught his attention”. Farrow continued, “It’s for a series about undercovered stories in Hollywood. Pedophilia, racism, harassment …”
Lauer responded, “They sound terrific.”
Lauer then talked to Farrow about his journalistic aims and gave him advice on how to anchor. As Farrow was walking out, he asked Lauer if he wanted his door closed. Lauer replied, “I’ve got it.” He then used a button on his desk to swing the door shut.
Last week, Lauer denied having this button on his desk in a detailed letter in which he denied an NBC employees rape allegations against him.
He wrote,”Despite numerous erroneous reports in the past, there was not a button in my office that could lock the door from the inside. There was no such locking mechanism. It didn’t exist. It would have been impossible to confine anyone in my office, for any purpose, and I have never attempted to make anyone feel as if they were confined in my office. I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period.”
Farrow’s book will be released on Tuesday.
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