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Former 'Today' show staffer details alleged affair with Matt Lauer

Former 'Today' show staffer details alleged affair with Matt Lauer

The attorney for Matt Lauer's accuser said NBC News has not done enough to protect the anonymity of his client. NBC News declined to comment about Zinone's accusations.

Wilkenfeld warned that a hunt was underway to unmask his client, and could have a chilling effect on other victims coming forward. Variety magazine published a story and lengthy interview with Barrackville native Addie Zinone. Zinone shared alleged print-outs of her instant message conversations with Lauer with Variety, and claims her experience with Lauer held her "hostage" for years. "He knew that I was leaving, and that there was no better prey than somebody who is going to be gone". "They know exactly what they've done and they need to stop".

"He was the golden boy. How is any woman supposed to go up against that?"

A representative for NBC did not immediately respond to request for comment.

At least four women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Lauer.

Lauer was sacked from NBC last month after multiple women revealed claims of sexual misconduct against the "Today" host.

"The things that Matt did to me, there are men doing to other women", she said.

Addie Zinone (then Collins) started at "Today" as an intern and became a production assistant.

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The circumstances described in Zinone's first-person account in Variety are in line with what other women have told to Variety and the New York Times. Eventually she earned a position as a production assistant for the NBC show and after realizing she wanted to be in front of the camera rather than behind it, she accepted a job as a local news anchor in her hometown.

She said that she thanked him in response to his message and asked him if she could "get a little advice".

During her time at the Today Show, Zinone formed relationships with Katie Couric, Al Roker and Ann Curry. Instead, Lauer used the lunch meeting to hit on her.

'The situation really took its toll on me. The two then began a brief sexual relationship, one Zinone says completely changed the course of her life.

Their last encounter occurred in a bathroom at the Staples Center in Los Angeles while they were covering the Democratic National Convention. "Although it wasn't a crime in my case, it's still not right", Zinone said. "I'm validating their stories because some of our experiences are similar", Zinone wrote.

Addie Zinone (née Collins) tells Variety that she had a brief consensual sexual relationship with Lauer, who was sacked from the Today show last month over what NBC News then called "inappropriate sexual behavior".

That's one of the many reasons Zinone said she made a decision to come forward, but she also wanted to tell a story about how sexual harassment causes lasting hurt. "Matt took advantage of his power".

Addie says she chose to speak out because she wanted to put a name and face out there to "squash any doubts", about the allegations against Matt. I see the common threads and how he preyed on women, and I was one of them. But while Lauer's marriage may be crumbling, it has been revealed that the two still live together under one roof with their three children: 16-year-old Jack, 11-year-old Thijs and their only daughter 14-year-old daughter Romy.


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