No matter what, alleged victims have the right to remain anonymous…
To this day, the identity of Lauer’s accuser has not been revealed… and that’s exactly how she wants it.
On Friday, the alleged victim’s lawyer Ari Wilkenfeld spoke to NBC News where he says his client is “terrified” she will be outed.
“My client is terrified, and she does live in constant fear that people are going to track her down and figure out who she is… She feels badly for the many other women who are suspected of being her├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥who are also being hounded and harassed.”
When the unnamed woman made her claims to NBC, she wanted the company to “do the right thing,” and to keep her identity confidential. However, Wilkenfeld says the network hasn’t been doing a good job with the latter.
“I can say NBC has a duty to maintain confidentiality├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥that means to maintain secrecy over her name and to hold to themselves the details of her story. They have not done a good job of doing that… They know exactly what they’ve done, and they need to stop.”
In response, an NBC News spokesperson said:
“The network has protected the victim’s anonymity all along and will continue to do so.”
It’s important to note that in a previous statement obtained by E! News, Wilkenfeld said the company “acted quickly and responsibly” after learning about the accuser’s allegations.
Ultimately, the lawyer is proud of his “brave” client for standing up against sexual misconduct in the workplace.
“She’s been incredibly brave, and she’s helped protect the other women who work at NBC… She’s also shined a light on the different ways women can come forward.”
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