For the first time in five months, since he was fired in November 2017, Lauer, 60, revealed he chose to raise his voice now to address the reports following his initial statement.
“I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months. I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost,” Lauer said in a statement to The Washington Post on Wednesday and published on Thursday.
“But defending my family now requires me to speak up. I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false,” he concluded the statement.
A rep for Lauer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Former colleague and co-host Ann Curry also recently told The Post that she approached two members of NBC’s management team after an NBC female staffer told Curry that she was “sexually harassed physically” by Lauer. “A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her. She was afraid of losing her job. … I believed her,” Curry said.
“I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women,” Curry told The Post.