Curry not surprised by Lauer allegations


Curry not surprised by Lauer allegations

NEW YORK

Former “Today” show anchor Ann Curry said Wednesday that the atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment when she worked at the morning show left her not surprised by the allegations that got former colleague Matt Lauer fired.

Meanwhile, the show she left behind named a new executive producer for its first two hours, making women the hands-on supervisors for all four hours of “Today.”

Curry resurrected some unpleasant memories for “Today” with an interview at competitor “CBS This Morning.” She’s promoting a new PBS show. Curry offered no specific examples of harassment or wrongdoing associated with Lauer, who was fired in November for an inappropriate relationship with a colleague that began in 2014.

“I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed,” Curry said, later amending that to add the word “sexual.”

NBC News and Jim Bell, executive producer of “Today” during Curry’s tenure as anchor, declined to comment. Curry lost her job after less than two years as Lauer’s co-anchor in 2012.

Charge dismissed against ‘Glee’ actress

CHESAPEAKE, W.VA.

A domestic-battery charge against an actress on the former hit show “Glee” has been dismissed in West Virginia.

WCHS-TV reports that the case against 30-year-old Naya Rivera ended after her husband decided not to seek prosecution.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Rivera was arrested Nov. 25 on a charge of domestic battery after Ryan Keith Dorsey told a deputy Rivera struck him in the head and face.

Agency spokesman Sgt. Brian Humphreys said the two were arguing over their child and Dorsey didn’t require medical attention.

Rivera was released after being arraigned.

She is known for playing Santana Lopez on “Glee.”

King to help bookstore owner who lost collection

BANGOR, MAINE

Stephen King says he wants to help a Maine bookstore owner who lost thousands of dollars’ worth of rare books, including original King manuscripts, after a flood caused by a broken pipe.

King tells the Bangor Daily News he was “horrified” to hear about Gerald Winters’ bookstore in Bangor. Winters says about 2,000 books were ruined, including rare first-editions. As many as seven of King’s original typed manuscripts, including, those for “Dolan’s Cadillac,” and “The Eyes of the Dragon,” also were lost.

King says he plans to reach out to Winters and see if he can help. The horror writer says he was heart-stricken as a book lover.

Associated Press

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