Sexually harassed online
She told the magazine: "There was an incident on set of a campaign job when I was 17 years old—I haven’t told this story—and there was a photo assistant who was into me. Unfortunately for Graham, that wasn't even the first time she's been sexually harassed.He was like, “Hey, come here,” and he led me into a closet. She was molested when she was 10 years old, when an 18-year-old boy forced her to touch his erection.Behind closed doors, when the cameras were off, Daddy had a problem, and the rest of the family bent over backward to keep it secret.Now we know, from news reports, that Lauer’s sexual misconduct — ranging from inappropriate comments to out-and-out predatory behavior toward females with less power at NBC News — dates back to the dawn of the millennium, making a mockery of the claims by the current NBC News president, Andy Lack, that he and other top executives knew nothing about it.Over the last couple of generations, the TV sets in our living rooms morphed from a source of entertainment to babysitter to constant companion to, finally, our reality.And television producers have striven, through morning television, to impose a brand of patriarchal domestic tranquility that so rarely exists in the messy world outside of TV — the chipper, always-together “mom” and the alpha-male “dad” who imposes order on all.But now she has the hindsight to understand that being harassed wasn't her fault, and she shows support to other women who may be wondering the same thing.
The model is 29 years old now, but that the time of the incident, she was only 17. "I didn’t tell her because there was a voice in me that said, “Maybe he’s changed.” It was my young mentality," she explained.It was part of a broader pattern — in TV news in general, and certainly at NBC News — of finding prominent on-air roles for women who were talented but also properly deferential or otherwise pleasing to the target audience of 50-something-or-more white men, which just happened to be the demographic of top media executives.Which meant jettisoning some remarkably talented women journalists who didn’t fit that mold — not only Curry but popular (Temple grad) Tamron Hall, a charismatic African American newswoman who was unceremoniously pushed aside from the third hour of NBC’s this year to make room for news director Lack’s gleaming vision (but not the viewing public’s, apparently) of what a female anchor should be, Megyn Kelly.So when MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow uncovered powerful evidence — even a New York police tape recording — documenting the crimes of Hollywood mogul Weinstein, Lack and his minions kept sending it back for more reporting and finally told Farrow to take it somewhere else.When NBC News got its hands on Donald Trump’s explosive tape in which he bragged about his predatory behavior, the network dithered until it was finally leaked to the Washington Post.