Sex toys were to help Lauer's marriage: therapist

The former 'Today' host was the butt of several jokes on the fellow NBC sketch show Saturday night

The former 'Today' host was the butt of several jokes on the fellow NBC sketch show Saturday night

"He confided in me about some of the struggles he was having in his married relationship".

In May 2016, Lauer appeared on The Meredith Vieira Show with his then-co-host Savannah Guthrie, and Vieira recalled the time she went "snooping" in his office and discovered the bag of sex toys.

Multiple additional women have come forward to accuse Lauer of sexual misconduct since his firing, including one who claimed to Variety that Lauer gave her a sex toy along with a note on how he wanted her to use it. She also said that she personally selected sex toys for the high-profile anchor because he told her he was concerned about being spotted if he went out and purchased them himself.

'I brought him a shopping bag filled with toys from my line that were designed for couples and spicing things up, ' Berman said.

"She was in the closet of his dressing room about to jump out and scare him or something - I don't know - and she found the bag and was totally heckling him about it and he was mortified", the doctor recalled.

Since the shocking allegations broke, Lauer left his NYC apartment and escaped to his family home in the Hamptons, where his wife Annette Roque and kids live. Other women have since reported incidents with Lauer, including one who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2001. "And I'm heartbroken for the courageous colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell".

The Wed., Nov. 30 telecast was Today's biggest audience since Nov. 2, 2016 when President Trump was elected to become the 45 President of the United States.

Lauer said in his statement that some of the accusations against him were "untrue or mischaracterised", without explaining further, but said that "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".

"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job", Lauer said. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. I'm heartbroken for Matt - he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved by many, many people here.

It was also noted that Lauer could choose to sue the network in an attempt to receive additional pay, but they will not agree to hand over any money to the disgraced anchor.

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