- Matt Lauer, the longtime host of NBC News’ “Today” show who was fired on Wednesday following an accusation of sexual misconduct, has been married to Annette Roque Lauer for 19 years.
- Roque Lauer, a former model from the Netherlands, reportedly filed for divorce in 2006 but withdrew the papers weeks later.
Matt Lauer, the longtime host of NBC News’ “Today” show who was fired on Wednesday after an accusation of sexual misconduct, has been married to Annette Roque Lauer for 19 years.
Roque, a former model born in the Netherlands, met Lauer on a blind date in 1997 and the two were married in Bridgehampton, New York, in 1998. The couple have three children, a 16-year-old son, a 14-year-old daughter, and an 11-year-old son.
While Roque was pregnant with the couple’s third child, in 2006, she reportedly filed for divorce, citing “mental abuse, extreme mental and emotional distress, humiliation, torment, and anxiety” caused by Lauer, according to documents (PDF) filed in the Supreme Court of New York and obtained by the National Enquirer.
“The conduct of defendant [Lauer] so endangers the physical and mental well-being of the plaintiff [Roque] so as to render it unsafe and improper for plaintiff to cohabit with defendant,” Nancy Chemtob, Roque’s attorney, reportedly wrote in the legal documents.
The documents, which Roque reportedly withdrew three weeks later, have not been independently verified.
NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent a memo to NBC employees on Wednesday saying that he “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace by Matt Lauer” and that, while the complaint was the first the network had received about Lauer, there was “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Lauer had been a fixture on NBC since the early 1990s, and he’s travelled the world to report on a variety of subjects. He hosted “Today” for two decades.