It's almost over Annette! Matt Lauer's divorce to Annette Roque is nearly done, say reports
After Matt Lauer was accused of sexual assault, he and his wife decided to part ways. While the divorce is close to being finalized, it might cost him a fortune.
Matt Lauer’s divorce from wife Annette Roque is on the verge of being finalized but it looks like it is going to cost him a fortune. A source close to the pair told Page Six that “the divorce is imminent" and the pair is in the final stages of their split. While the divorce might be costing him a lot from his pocket, he is trying to maintain a low profile. (Meaww could not independently verify the veracity of these statements).
"Matt is really just laying low at the moment. He plays golf and sees his friends . . . His focus has been on the kids, and he knows there’s nothing he can do apart from wait," the source said. The news about the couple confirming their split came in May but it hinted towards a messy divorce as it was believed Matt was going to deny the sexual assault accusations against him following the Me Too movement.
To make things messier, it is believed that Meredith Vieira, who was also a victim of Matt's assault might be making a statement during the divorce hearing. The divorce which has an expected settlement of $100 million saw Meredith getting involved after it was found that she had been responsible for his firing from Peacock Network. She went on to drag him down on her show 'The Meredith Vieira Show' over his behavior and also called him out in 2016 for the “bag of sex toys” he had stashed in his Today office.
According to Radar Online, there is a possibility for Annette to bring in Meredith in between their legal battle to take a large portion from his fortune and also seek custody of their kids, Jack, 16, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11. This is not the first time that the pair has filed for divorce.
Back in 2006, the couple had decided to head their separate ways when Annette was pregnant with their third child. At that time, she had stated that Matt's "controlling and cruel behavior” was so extreme that it “endangered [her] physical and mental well-being." However, she later had a change of heart and decided to drop the charges when Matt filed a post-nuptial agreement that promised her millions more if they decided to break.
But this time things are different and more serious and it does not look like Matt is going to go easy on Annette's legal team if they decide to bring Meredith or others who have accused the anchor, into the picture. Annette has made up her mind on taking Matt down for all the sick deeds he has been accused of doing in the past because of his position and power. Some of the allegations against him included him luring people into the hotel room to assault them or having a button near his table which would lock the doors to his cabin preventing them from escaping him.
In April, Matt put his Manhattan apartment on the market for more than $7 million. Matt responded to the allegations in a statement by saying, “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort . . . It is now my full-time job.”