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NBC News: Two more reports following initial accusations against Matt Lauer

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(NBC News) -- An NBC news spokesperson says two more accusers have come forward since the news broke Wednesday morning of allegations of inappropriate behavior from Today host Matt Lauer.

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that two more women had made complaints about Lauer after he was fired; NBC officials confirmed that two more accusers had come forward on Wednesday. And Variety published a more sweeping account of Lauer's sexual misconduct with at least three women over several years.

On Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after Lauer's ouster was announced, Variety published an article that depicted Lauer as a serial harasser of women who worked on "Today," preying on many of the female producers who worked for him. The accusers in the article were anonymous, and their accounts have not been confirmed by NBC News.

Variety said that during the course of a two-month investigation, it spoke with three women who claimed they were sexually harassed by Lauer and corroborated their stories with “dozens of interviews with current and former staffers.”

The staffers who spoke to Variety accused him of exposing himself to one woman, and then reprimanding her for not engaging in a sex act. He was also accused of giving another colleague a sex toy as a present along with “an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her.”

The article said the women complained to management, but the complaints fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding “Today.”

A spokesperson for NBC forcefully denied that anyone who is now in management was made aware of these complaints.

The Times article said one of new complaints came from a former employee who in 2001 was summoned to Lauer's office, where Lauer had sex with her. She told the newspaper that she felt helpless to stop the encounter because she did not want to lose her job, and did not report it because she was ashamed.

According to NBC News, "we can say unequivocally that prior to Monday night, current NBC news management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct."

NBC News reached out to Matt Lauer on Wednesday,  and so far, no response.

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