Just days after the news of Matt Lauer’s sexual improprieties came to light, his estranged wife Annette Roque has confirmed to the press that their marriage is officially over and the pair are planning to file for divorce.
“Everybody feels betrayed.”
Roque, a Dutch-born former model, was spotted near her home in Sag Harbor, New York, without her wedding ring on Wednesday morning. Sources also confirm that Matt Lauer was spotted without his ring on as well.
“She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out,” Roque’s father, Henri, told reporters from the Daily Mail. “I have no words for her husband. What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed.”
This is not the first time that Roque has filed for divorce from the former Today Show co-host. Back in 2006, papers were submitted citing “cruel and inhumane” behavior as the reason for the split. However, they were withdrawn less than a month later after the couple seemed to have reconciled. “Defendant has continuously and repeatedly given higher priority to… personal interests than his family obligations to plaintiff, causing plaintiff to feel abandoned, isolated and alone in raising the parties’ children,” court papers leaked in 2014 about the canceled divorce stated.
Lauer fired from his job
Lauer was fired from the Today Show on Nov. 28 for “inappropriate sexual behavior” after it was revealed that he had sexually harassed numerous women during his time at NBC. Since the news broke, several more women came forward with their allegations against the disgraced journalist, adding Lauer to the ever-growing list of celebrities accused of misconduct.
Lauer, for his part, has said that damage control would be his “full-time job” now, and in his only statement since the incident told reporters that he was “embarrassed and ashamed” for his actions.
“The situation is so bad. I have met Matt, he was a nice guy. I feel kind of betrayed. It’s my own daughter. I don’t know how the kids are doing,” Henri Roque said.
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