Ann Curry "not surprised" by Lauer allegations

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Former Today show co-anchor Ann Curry has broken her silence about Matt Lauer and admits she's not surprised by the sexual harassment allegations against her former colleague.

Speaking with CBS This Morning, Curry -- who co-anchored the Today show with Lauer from 2011 to 2012 -- says there was a "climate of verbal harassment" at NBC when she was there. Curry was known to have had a rocky relationship with Lauer while at NBC and it's been widely speculated that he ordered her firing. 

Curry spoke about the abuse of power in the workplace and said the recent revelations by victims of abuse in the media industry have been overdue. When asked specifically about the sexual harassment allegations against Lauer, which ultimately led to his termination on November 28th. She said, "I can tell you that I'm not surprised by the allegations. That means that, you know I'm walking down that road I'm trying not to hurt people. I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated, I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated, and I don't want to cause that pain to someone else." She added, "But I can say...I would be surprised if many people, or women, did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed. I think it would be surprising if someone said they didn't see that." 

Curry was plugging her return to TV as host of the new PBS series We'll Meet Again, which premieres next Tuesday night. (CBS News)

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