The woman whose complaint led to NBC News' firing of Matt Lauer at the end of November is "terrified" that people will discover her identity, her lawyer told the "Today" show's Stephanie Gosk in an interview that aired on Friday. (Wilkenfeld's comments begin at the 1:30 mark in video above.)
Ari Wilkenfeld represents the so-called whistleblower and revealed that "there's a hunt underway to figure out who she is."
"I think that's going to have a chilling effect on other women who are going to come forward and tell their stories," Wilkenfeld went on. "[She] feels badly for the many other women who are suspected of being her, who are also being hounded and harassed."
After also revealing that his client is living "in constant fear that people are going to track her down and figure out who she is," Wilkenfeld revealed how his client issued her complaint with NBC and implied that the network didn't uphold its end of the bargain when it came to their agreement.
"She showed his face, she gave her name, she told her story," he explained. "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 and also, I'd like you to maintain my confidentiality."
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"I can say that NBC has a duty to maintain confidentiality, that means to maintain secrecy over her name and to hold to themselves the details of her story," Wilkenfeld went on. "And they have not done a good job of doing that. They know exactly what they're done and they need to stop."
Though it's unclear what exactly the woman's lawyer is alluding to, it could have something to do with the details that have emerged about his client's alleged months-long affair with Lauer that reportedly began during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
According to a Page Six report published the day after Lauer's firing, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack reportedly told staffers in a meeting that Lauer's relationship with the former intern "continued after they returned to New York."
Not only that, but the outlet also reported that lewd photos and text messages sent to the woman by Lauer "showed incontrovertible proof of inappropriate sexual behavior on his part."
"There's at least one picture [sent to her by Matt] which was a major part of the evidence, which is why the firing came so quickly," a source told Page Six at the time. "My understanding was it was so damning that it was unquestionable whether or not he should be fired."
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So, if the leaked details of their relationship and the messages they exchanged are indeed real, then Wilkenfeld could be alluding to these instances as breaking their confidentiality agreement.
The lawyer's interview comes one day after an explosive Variety report that details another one of Lauer's alleged affairs. In her first-hand account of her relationship with Lauer, former "Today" production assistant Addie Collins Zinone detailed what she called a "consensual" affair with the morning show personality that took place over the course of several months in 2000.
Zinone alleged that she would meet Lauer in his dressing room during off hours to have sex with him and provided Variety with printouts of the instant messages Lauer reportedly sent her at the time. Read her whole account here.
Since his firing on November 29, Matt Lauer has been living with his wife, Annette Roque, and their three children in their Hamptons home, with sources saying that the ousted "Today" anchor has "no intentions" of returning to public life and alleging that his marriage to Roque is on the rocks. The pair have both been spotted without their wedding rings on.
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