Matt Lauer Breaks His Media Silence to Fight with the New Zealand Government

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Matt Lauer Breaks His Media Silence to Fight with the New Zealand Government

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Since NBC fired Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct allegations last November, the former TV personality has kept fairly quiet. Between losing his job and his marriage, Lauer has had enough conflict on his plate. But the New Zealand government isn’t making things so easy.

After his firing last year, Lauer was informed that he might lose his multi-million-dollar, 16,000-acre property based on a “good character” clause. In June, New Zealand authorities concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest that Lauer had breached the clause. But there’s more to this international saga.

As part of the deal when he purchased the land, Lauer agreed to let a minimal number o f hikers pass through to get to Hāwea Conservation Park, which surrounds his property. Now, that agreement is not enough. The government has asked that Lauer allow unrestricted access to travelers, and this time, Lauer is refusing. Per the Daily Mail, his lawyer is asking that the government pay the disgraced news anchor a six-figure sum if he is to open up access.

Giving his first interview since his firing, Lauer told Radio New Zealand that he feels that the government sees him as an “easy mark,” and is taking full advantage.

“I believe the groups that are behind this are, in some ways, unfortunately taking advantage of some difficult times I’ve been through over the past six months, and I think they see me as an easy mark,” he said. “And what they’re going to try to do is put this through, which would set a precedent, because this has not been done ever before with a pastoral-lease holder or property owner without that person’s consent.”

In April, Lauer denied past accusations of sexual misconduct in a statement.

“I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months. I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost,” he said. “But defending my family now requires me to speak up. I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father, and principal at NBC. However, I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive, or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”

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