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Report: Matt Lauer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Colleague During Sochi Olympics

When NBC News announced Wednesday morning it had terminated Matt Lauer following an allegation of a serious sexual misconduct towards a co-worker, there weren't a lot of details released about the specifics of the claim.

But the NY Post's Page Six is reporting the allegation is related to an event that took place during NBC's 2014 coverage of the Socchi Winter Olympics. According to the paper, the woman claimed she had been sexually assaulted by Lauer.

"She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night," a network source tells the tabloid.

In her segment “Megyn Kelly Today” Wednesday morning, Kelly — who left Fox News channel after accusing former CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment — delivered a personal statement about the allegations.

“This one does hit close to home. I too have known Matt for a long time and he has been a friend and kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC news,” she said.

“And I see the anguish on my colleagues faces. But when this happens, what we don’t see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward and it is a terrifying thing to do.

“I have been at another news channel where this happened, as you know, and my experience is a news organization is bigger than any one person. They all face challenges, they all stumble, but the good ones stay standing and forge forward fulfilling their core mission: Journalism.”