Matt Lauer‘s ex-wife is speaking out for the first time since the former “Today” show host was accused of sexual assault.
Annette Roque released a statement on Wednesday through her lawyers in response to the explosive allegations against Lauer detailed in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill,” which describes how the disgraced anchor allegedly raped a former NBC colleague.
“In response to your inquiry, our client has asked us to tell you that now that the parties are officially divorced, her priority and only concern is for their wonderful children,” Roque’s lawyer John M. Teitler told People magazine.
The former model, 52, and the 61-year-old ex-host are parents to sons Jack, 18, and Thijs, 12, as well as daughter Romy, 16.
Their divorce was finalized last month after allegations lodged against Lauer two years ago by newly identified accuser Brooke Nevils tanked his broadcast career.
The allegations came back to haunt Lauer on Tuesday — when excerpts from Farrow’s book were leaked, with Nevils detailing her alleged anal rape by Lauer in 2014.
Nevils said Lauer raped her — despite her protestations — when they were in his Sochi hotel room during NBC’s 2014 Olympic coverage.
Lauer denied the allegations on Wednesday in a lengthy open letter released through his lawyers.
“Today, nearly two years after I was fired by NBC, old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a dangerous and defamatory new allegation is being made,” he said in the letter.
“All are being spread as part of a promotional effort to sell a book. It’s outrageous. So, after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say ‘enough.’”