There’s more than one way to exact revenge against someone who rocks the boat. The very reason women don’t come forward to report sexual abuse is because they are afraid. And the woman who broke the silence of Matt Lauer’s abuses is afraid the network is going to expose her.
In an exclusive interview with NBC reporter Stephanie Gosk for Friday’s Today show, the attorney for the sexual harassment accuser of Matt Lauer revealed that the anonymous network staffer was “terrified” that NBC would allow information about her identity to leak out, even as there was “a hunt underway to figure out who she is.”
“Does she live with this fear that she’s gonna be found out?,” Gosk asked attorney Ari Wilkenfeld about his client. Wilkenfeld warned: “My client is terrified. And she does live in constant fear that people are gonna, you know, track her down and figure out who she is. And she feels badly for the many other women who are suspected of being her, who are also being hounded and harassed.”
Turning back to the lawyer, she pressed: “Can you be more specific on where they’ve fallen short?” Wilkenfeld avoided any specifics, but scolded NBC for its handling of the situation:
“I can say that NBC has a duty to maintain confidentiality. That means to maintain secrecy over her name and to hold to themselves the details of her story. And they have not done a good job of doing that. They know exactly what they’ve done and they need to stop.”
Is this an example of the good-ol-boys club sticking together? If it is, it’s not going to work out very well for them.