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  • Matt Lauer Had Romantic Affair With ‘Well Respected’ NBC Star: Report

    Lucas Jackson/ReutersMatt Lauer allegedly had a coerced romantic affair with a “well respected” NBC personality, according to an exclusive report by Page Six. The unnamed woman told the publication that the relationship represented a “clear imbalance of power” and that she was made to sign a nondisclosure or NDA agreement when she left the network. NBC News Chief Unleashes on Ronan Farrow in New Staff MemoPage Six interviewed a corroborative source who said, “Matt had influence over everyone’s career-one word and your career would be sunk,” the unnamed source, who apparently confirmed the affair, said. “I know there was a clear imbalance of power in this woman’s relationship with Matt.” It is unclear if the woman in the Page Six article is the same one that Ronan Farrow describes in his new book “Catch and Kill” when he wrote about how Lauer repeatedly harassed a fellow on-air star who was also made to sign an NDA agreement. In Farrow’s book, the co-star, who is also unnamed, says that a separate NBC executive also propositioned her and made lewd comments about her when she was on air. “I was like meat on a hook,” the woman told Farrow. “I would walk into work with a knot in my stomach. I would come home and cry.” The woman says that when she turned Lauer and the other man down, she was punished. “My career took a sharp nosedive,” she said. The woman described in the Page Six report says she did not go to NBC human resources with her complaint, but that she did tell co-workers who have corroborated her complaint.Lauer has stringently denied claims of coerced sexual relationships, saying instead that all of his affairs were consensual. NBC responded harshly to Farrow’s book, insisting that they did not cover up for Lauer. NBC News president Noah Oppenheim-himself under pressure over essays he wrote at Harvard, wrote a staff memo Monday. “Farrow’s effort to defame NBC News is clearly motivated not by a pursuit of truth, but an axe to grind,” he wrote. “It is built on a series of distortions, confused timelines, and outright inaccuracies.” “I feel absolutely terrible that these three employees were subjected to Matt Lauer’s horrific behavior, but the facts do not support Farrow’s allegation of a ‘cover-up,’ and he offers no further evidence,” Oppenheim went on to say. “There is no way we have found that NBC's current leadership could have been aware of his misdeeds in the past.” The network has not said whether it will seek legal action against Farrow’s allegations.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • US military uses 'show of force' to disrupt Turkish-backed fighters in Syria

    U.S military sends jets, helicopter gunships; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports.

  • Grieving Parents ‘Ambushed’ by Trump, Who Had Teen’s Killer Waiting at White House

    Eduardo MunozReutersYou can almost imagine the reality-show excitement that surely went into the ill-considered plan to introduce Anne Sacoolas, the American diplomatic wife who killed 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn when she drove down the wrong side of an English lane in August, to Dunn’s grieving parents. Sacoolas left the U.K. in early September under diplomatic-immunity protections and has not been seen in public since. After Killing Teen in U.K., Runaway Wife of U.S. ‘Spy’ Provokes Diplomatic CrisisThe Dunn family, now in the United States to drum up support to send Sacoolas back to the U.K. to face justice, had accepted an “urgent” invitation by the White House from National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, to visit Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. Trump, it seems, thought he could convince the Dunns to meet the woman who killed their son, and would do so by opening a side door through which she would walk. The whole scene would be captured by a pool of photographers who had been summoned for the meeting. But the Dunns would have none of it and refused to meet her. Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger said that the family felt “ambushed” when the “bombshell” was dropped that Sacoolas was next door. They had envisioned meeting her one day, but as Seiger told The Daily Beast, “only on British soil” and “only with mediators, counselors, and their legal team in tow.” In a statement on the Dunn’s Justice4Harry GoFundMe page, Seiger explained what happened. “The family had four surprises yesterday,” he wrote. “Firstly, being invited to the White House in the first place which came right out of the blue.”In fact, Dunn’s father Tim had suggested on CBS News earlier in the day that he would like to meet the president “man to man, father to father” to plead with him to send Sacoolas back to face justice. Seiger said the second surprise was that they had not expected to actually meet the president in person. But the third was the doozy. “Thirdly that Mrs. Sacoolas was present in the building and fourthly that it was the president’s intention for Harry’s family to meet Mrs. Sacoolas in the Oval Office in front of several photographers in what was obviously designed to be a press call,” Seiger wrote in his statement.The Dunn family blames National Security Adviser O’Brien for the misstep. “It struck us that this meeting was hastily arranged by nincompoops on the run and in particular Mr. O’Brien, who appeared to be extremely uptight and aggressive and did not come across at all well in this meeting which required careful handling and sensitivity,” Seiger wrote. “The family remain open to the possibility of meeting Mrs. Sacoolas one day in the future but in a neutral and appropriately controlled environment.”In other words, not in a reality-TV setting. The Dunn family did say they were impressed with Trump before he tried to spring Sacoolas on them. Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, described Trump as “quite respondent” and that he tried to comfort her. “When he [President Trump] held my hand, I gripped it a lot tighter and I was honest with him and just said, as I said a while ago, ‘If it was your son you would be doing the same as us,’” Charles told the British news media traveling with them. “He actually gripped my hand a little bit tighter and said ‘Yes I would be.’ And that’s when he said he would try and look at this from a different angle.”The Dunns have said they would ask a court for a suspended sentence for Sacoolas if she is convicted of their son’s wrongful death. But only under the condition that she return to the U.K. to engage in the investigation and stand trial, if one is ordered. If she agrees to that, they say they will agree to meeting her in person and accepting what they assume would be her apology.Sacoolas has apologized through her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, who issued a statement that said the press has been reporting this case all wrong. “Anne is devastated by this tragic accident,” the statement says. “No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunn’s family.” The Dunns are clearly good people who are asking for nothing more than respect for the law and for their son. “Notwithstanding the nature of the meeting yesterday, the family would welcome any such further intervention so that this nightmare scenario can be brought to an end,” Seiger wrote. “They look forward forward to engaging with the president again as soon as possible.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • 'Why are we dismissed?': Women open up about being sent home from hospitals in labor

    Quayla Harris knew exactly how she wanted the delivery of her third child to go: a natural birth in the hospital with her husband by her side. Harris' husband was, in fact, by her side -- but she gave birth in the passenger seat of their car after being sent home from the hospital less than two hours earlier, the couple told ABC News. Harris' experience is not unique for women in labor, though it's unclear how common it is for the nearly 4 million babies that are born in the U.S. every year.