Matt Lauer scandal: Lawyer for accuser blasts NBC, ex-intern describes predatory affair

USA TODAY | 12/15/2017 | Maria Puente and
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Matt Lauer is gone from Today under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, but he's still being attacked for philandering, as new accusers continue to come forward.

See updates on the scandal below, as they happen.

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Attorney for woman who filed NBC complaint says client is 'terrified'

"She showed her face, she gave her name, she told her story," Wilkenfeld said about his client's meeting with NBC. "And at the conclusion of the interview, she was asked, 'What do you want?' And she said, 'I want you guys to do the right thing. Also, I'd like to maintain my confidentiality.'"

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"My client is terrified, and she does live in constant fear that people are gonna track her down and figure out who she is," he continued. "And she feels badly for the many other women who are suspected of being her who are also being harassed."

Wilkenfeld also accused NBC of not doing enough to keep his client's name and the details of her complaint secret.

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"I can say that NBC has a duty to maintain confidentiality...and they have not done a good job of doing that, they know exactly what they've done, and they need to stop," he said.

A spokesperson for NBC disputed Wilkenfeld's claims in a statement to USA TODAY, "The network has protected the employee's anonymity all along and will continue to do so."

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On Thursday, an ex-intern detailed a secret month-long consensual affair with Lauer that occurred 17 years ago,depicting him as the most powerful man at NBC preying on a powerless young woman helpless to resist.

Addie Collins Zinone, now 41, is the first woman to allege misconduct by Lauer on the record. She told her story to Variety, describing how a newly married Lauer seduced her into sexual encounters in his dressing room, a bathroom and his office, equipped...
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