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Megyn Kelly branded disgraced former “Today” host — and her ex-NBC colleague — Matt Lauer a “sexual predator” as she demanded an urgent, independent investigation into the rape and sexual harassment allegations against him, and whether NBC tried to cover them up by killing stories on disgraced Hollywood perv Harvey Weinstein.
In her fiery first TV appearance since her NBC talk show was canceled a year ago, Kelly told Fox News that NBC “covered up for one sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein, in order to protect another: Matt Lauer.”
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She was reacting to allegations in Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill” that NBC killed Farrow’s exposé on Weinstein because the movie mogul knew Lauer had skeletons in his closet.
“NBC has put out several statements saying that Ronan is a conspiracy theorist and this is all nonsense and he’s got an ax to grind. But if that’s true and there’s nothing to hide, then get an outside investigator,” she said.
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Kelly stressed on Tucker Carlson’s Wednesday night show that the women offered payoffs and non-disclosure agreements by NBC execs after alleged harassment at the hands of Lauer should be freed from their NDAs to speak to outside investigators. Lauer denies rape and contends all the encounters were consensual.
She also claimed there’s a “legal sleight-of-hand” that NBC could have used to hide accuser-silencing settlements by calling it “enhanced severance.”
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An internal investigation into Lauer’s conduct conducted by NBC’s own lawyers cleared NBC News brass of any wrongdoing.
“There needs to be an outside investigation into this company [NBC]. They investigated themselves. That doesn’t work. Fox did an outside investigation, CBS did an outside investigation,” Kelly said, referring to a 2016 probe into Fox News chief Roger Ailes — who she accused of sexual abuse — and a 2018 probe into CBS chairman Les Moonves that...
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