Vester's lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, said on Thursday evening that Vester "felt it was his duty to add his own story, not only to support the other women who had already complained, but to show that this problem it's not new, and that NBC needs to really prioritize listening and protecting its employees who have been victimized. "
Wilkenfeld also represents an employee of NBC News whose confidential internal complaint launched the dismissal of veteran "Today" presenter Matt Lauer in November.
"My client has seen how several brave women have come forward to denounce extreme forms of sexual harassment on NBC, "Wilkenfeld said Thursday night. "She has also observed that the company's response does not appear to be aimed at producing a safer and more equitable workplace for women."
The Post cited Ann Curry, Lauer's co-host on "Today" for two years on Thursday, as saying that he warned NBC News management that they "had a problem" with Lauer and that "they had to watch him and see how He deals with women. "
In a statement, Lauer said in part: "I am completely aware that I acted inappropriately as husband, father and director on NBC, however, I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegation or report of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions my part, at any time, is absolutely false. "  NBC News said in December that it had launched an internal review of its culture in the workplace and had hired an outside firm to conduct training in workplace harassment and behavior prevention to "cut this problem" from its roots. " NBC News President Andrew Lack said the results of the review would be made public.