Disgraced TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer was seen “giving advice to a suspected human trafficker known as ‘The Shelter Island Spanker’ who was groping her employees.”
A shocked source exclusively told The US Sun that she saw Lauer giving advice to defendant Marie Eiffel at her Shelter Island cafe, where a number of former employees claimed she beat, groped and choked them.
“Matt sat with Marie outside Marie Effiel Market and gave her advice on how to deal with her own #MeToo scandal,” the stunned insider claimed.
“Matt told Marie to try not to worry about who among her employees had told the press that she was facing this lawsuit,” they said of the disgraced Today Show host.
Eiffel is facing a harrowing federal lawsuit from several former employees hired from abroad who accuse her of varying degrees of assault, wage theft and human trafficking.
The source added that a second woman sat with Lauer at the outdoor table outside Eiffel’s eatery and also comforted the accused cafe owner.
“This other woman was with Matt and was also supporting him.
“She told Marie not to worry, that she was ‘not alone on an island’ in this scandal, while they were literally on an island and it was basically a #MeToo island,” the source quipped.
“Matt sat in the café for well over an hour. The fact that they both think it’s okay to be seen together is just mind-blowing.”
According to the eyewitness, Eiffel was particularly upset that news of the lawsuit against her had reached the local newspaper Shelter Island Reporter.
“Since the article came out, she said her business was done,” they added.
Lauer would understand if Eiffel’s business was done.
The host was fired from NBC’s Today Show in 2017 after allegations of sexual assault and misconduct were made by multiple women.
Since then, he has been living a quiet life in the Hamptons, although there are reports that he is trying to make a comeback.
In the lawsuit reviewed by The US Sun, eight former Eiffel employees who worked at her Marie Eiffel Market and Boutique, also on Shelter Island, filed suit against her earlier this month.
“SPANKING, GRAPFING, CHOKING”
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, says: “Marie engaged in rampant physical and sexual assault and discrimination” against her employees, “threatened their employment, and illegally withheld wages and tips.”
The complaint states: “Marie’s actions included continually slapping employees on the buttocks while they were alone, in front of other employees and even in front of customers, groping female employees’ bodies, including their breasts, and kissing employees.”
“Marie also placed her hands around the necks of several employees and choked them,” the lawsuit says.
In one particularly egregious allegation described in the lawsuit, Marie walked up next to Vannessa and began talking to a customer who was near her while one of the plaintiffs was getting a “cup of coffee at the coffee bar in the market.”
“Then Marie slid her finger down Vannessa’s pants between the cheeks of her buttocks and touched her anus.”
“Vannessa was so surprised that she jumped and almost spilled coffee on herself,” the lawsuit says.
In another case, “Marie ordered an employee to record herself slapping an employee on the bottom with a bunch of parsley while laughing at the camera,” court papers say.
The photo was included with the suit.
Eiffel was also accused of making racist comments against employees from Thailand, Malaysia and Ecuador.
The US Sun has reached out to Marie for comment.
In a statement to Grub StreetAn unnamed attorney for Marie told the outlet, “She denies the allegations and allegations contained in your email and the manner in which she and her companies are portrayed therein.”
“The points you have identified are incorrect, incorrect or inaccurate.”
Eiffel had previously drawn the ire of her fellow Shelter Island residents when she raised money to keep her business afloat during the coronavirus crisis.
According to Grub Street, she raised $179,000 through the GoFundMe page to keep her business afloat.
Donations were received from celebrities such as Louis CK, who also owns a home on the island.
Locals were upset that the funds were going to Eiffel’s company, even though they felt other businesses, like the local preschool, could have used the help instead.