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NBC has released a report of its internal investigation into sexual harassment at the company after Today host Matt Lauer was fired due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

The big takeaways: The investigators found that: Lauer engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with women at the company; there is credible evidence that claims of harassment by Lauer were not reported to direct managers or human resources; and there is no culture of sexual harassment at NBC News.

“All four women who came forward confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer. Current and former members of NBC News and Today Show leadership, as well as News HR, stated that they had never received a complaint about inappropriate workplace behavior by Lauer, and we did not find any contrary evidence.”
— From NBC's report

Chairman Andy Lack sent a note to staff after the report was released saying, "Like many of you, I am immensely proud of NBC News, its history, and the work we do. But — stepping back from the investigation — that history also includes a time when people were not comfortable coming forward to voice complaints about repugnant behavior. That is not acceptable."

Note: NBCUniversal is an investor in Axios and Andy Lack is on the Axios board.

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