The wife of disgraced “Today” show host Matt Lauer has ditched her wedding ring and is planning for divorce, Fox News reported citing the woman’s father.
Annette Roque, a former model from the Netherlands, left the couple’s home in New York and flew to the Netherlands after several women accused Lauer of sexual assault and harassment.
She was seen back in New York for the first time on Wednesday while dropping her children off at school in Sag Harbor, New York. Roque’s wedding ring was missing.
Roque has remained silent since Lauer’s scandal broke, but her father made telling comments about the couple’s future.
“She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out,” Henri Roque, 76, told the Daily Mail. “I have no words for her husband. What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed.”
The father added that his daughter feels “shocked” and “is now having sorrow for her children.” The father also denied reports that she’d fled to the Netherlands.
“The situation is so bad. I have met Matt, he was a nice guy,” Henri Roque said. “I feel kind of betrayed. It’s my own daughter. I don’t know how the kids are doing.”
Roque met her husband in 1997 on a blind date and married him less than a year later.
They have three children together, son Jack Matthew (born in 2001), daughter Romy (born in 2004), and son Thijs (born in 2006).
While pregnant with Thijs, Roque had filed for divorce citing cruel and inhumane treatment and Lauer’s extreme anger and hostility towards her. She later reconsidered. The rumor was, according to another source, that Lauer offered her a postnuptial agreement that promised her up to $5 million for staying in the marriage.
Lauer was fired after a slew of gross sexual misconduct allegations were exposed in a Nov. 29 Variety report.
A telling detail was that Lauer had a button installed on his desk that could lock the door to his office, multiple sources said.
“His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy,” Variety wrote.
In a statement read aloud at the start of the following day’s broadcast of the “Today” show, Lauer apologized for what he called his “troubling flaws.”
Lauer said in his statement that some of the accusations against him were “untrue or mischaracterized,” but that “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
Tom Ozimek and Petr Svab contributed to this report.
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