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December 7, 2017

THEY ALL KNEW: Women enable men like Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.

Roxanne Jones:

In some cases, these women are the personal assistants, executives and co-workers who have benefited from the harasser’s success. They’ve gotten promotions, recognition and raises.

They may commiserate with other women in the ladies’ room about the awful boys’ club culture. But if you ever accuse a co-worker of sexual harassment or abuse, the last thing they will do is support you. If they have the power, these women may even fire you for causing a stir.

This week, NBC star Matt Lauer became the most recent man to fall amid sexual harassment allegations, which ranged from castigating a woman for not having sex with him after he dropped his pants in the office to sending women sex toys. On Thursday, Lauer apologized: “… there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” he wrote. “I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” his statement said.

When his “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie broke the news of Lauer’s firing on air, she was clearly devastated.

Given that Lauer’s proclivities were no secret, that last bit hasn’t gotten nearly the scrutiny it deserves.