Matt Lauer has a brand new love curiosity.
The disgraced journalist is courting his longtime buddy, Shamin Abas, a supply tells ET. The 50-year-old public relations govt, who bears a resemblance to Lauer’s ex-wife, Annette Roque, was photographed with Lauer as they caught a flight out of New Jersey, headed to New Zealand, on Dec. 19.
Lauer, 62, finalized his divorce from Roque in September, after 20 years collectively. The previous couple shares three youngsters, 18-year-old Jack, 16-year-old Romy and 12-year-old Thijs.
In keeping with ET’s supply, “For a while, Matt needed to save lots of his marriage however his spouse was far previous ever mending their very long time troubled relationship.”
“Annette has moved on, she has stepped out of this marriage for good and is prepared for Matt to do the identical,” the supply shares, including that Lauer “lastly feels free to this point in public.”
“He has spent an excessive amount of time reflecting on his position in his downfall and is aware of the one strategy to get previous that is to start out over,” the supply says.
“Shamin has been a longtime buddy to Matt and it’s no shock they’ve began courting. She was there for him all through this course of. Since Matt’s separation, he was quietly courting girls, however hadn’t been critical till now. This romance with Shamin appears to make him actually completely satisfied. She was one of many first pals to achieve out and provide Matt assist,” the supply shares. “They met within the Hamptons years in the past and remained pals.”
ET’s supply says that Lauer and Abas began courting in October. “She has stood by him and isn’t letting what’s been reported have an effect on their relationship. Matt and Shamin have a lot in widespread. Shamin is aware of what he’s been via and desires to be there for him for his subsequent step in life,” the supply continues.
“Matt appears happier than he’s been in a really very long time and people pals which have supported him via this imagine Shamin is a good match,” ET’s supply says.
The previous Immediately co-anchor was fired from NBC in November 2017 within the wake of sexual harassment allegations made in opposition to him. Lauer has denied all allegations against him, together with an allegation of sexual assault by his former NBC Information colleague, Brooke Nevils, which discovered new gentle with Ronan Farrow’s new e-book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Defend Predators.
Within the e-book, Nevils alleges that Lauer anally raped her on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which she was overlaying with Meredith Vieira. She claims that after having six pictures of vodka, she visited Lauer’s resort room twice, as soon as to get a press go and once more as a result of he invited her, in response to the e-book. On her second go to to Lauer’s room, Nevils alleges within the e-book that Lauer “pushed her in opposition to the door and kissed her. He then pushed her onto the mattress, flipping her over, asking if she appreciated anal intercourse,” Farrow wrote. “She stated that she declined a number of instances.”
“It was non-consensual within the sense that I used to be too drunk to consent,” Nevils says within the e-book.
Lauer responded in a prolonged letter, “Immediately, practically two years after I used to be fired by NBC, previous tales are being recycled, titillating particulars are being added, and a harmful and defamatory new allegation is being made. All are being unfold as a part of a promotional effort to promote a e-book.”
Lauer added that he “had an extramarital affair” with Nevils and referred to as their Sochi encounter “mutual and utterly consensual.”
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Reporting by Adriane Schwartz.