Annette Roque has reportedly kicked her husband, Matt Lauer, out of the Hamptons home they share with their children months after NBC fired him for alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace.
A source claimed that the former Today show host is staying at a nearby house so he can stay in touch with his three children Thijs, Romy, and Jack.
Lauer is staying at the cottage home he purchased from actor Richard Gere in 2006 for $45.5 million. The house boasts an impressively landscaped lawn and a pool. The house is just one of the many properties he owns. Lauer also owns a house in Sag Harbor, a $36 million compound in North Haven, and a 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill.
It is unclear if Roque, a former Dutch model, plans to file for a divorce. The insider claimed that it is likely going to happen soon, although representatives for Lauer have yet to comment on this matter. The couple has been married for 20 years and has been estranged from each other for 10 years. The disgraced TV news anchor has reportedly been living in their Park Avenue apartment in New York during the week while his wife stays in Long Island.
In the months after NBC fired Lauer in November for inappropriate sexual behavior, the couple has remained relatively quiet about their relationship. There were signs though that the scandal greatly affected the household. The couple was spotted each without their wedding rings. Roque was reportedly furious when she heard about her husband's alleged affairs (several women accused Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior) and so removed her ring. She then asked him to do the same.
Since the time he was let go from work, Lauer has been working to fix his marriage with Roque for the sake of their children. However, the model has been acting really cold toward him. If Roque does plan to file for a divorce, then it would be the second time she does so. She initially filed the papers in 2006 citing "mental abuse, humiliation, anxiety, extreme mental and emotional distress and torment." She withdrew the papers after Lauer gave her a postnuptial agreement and offered her more money.
Rumors about Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct behavior reached NBC in the months leading up to his termination. They were actually not kept under wraps, according to a source. Everyone was just waiting for that brave person to come forward and report Lauer.