Lauer and Roque at TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at the Jazz at Lincoln Centre in NYC. Picture by: Demis Maryannakis / Splash News.
Lauer and Roque at TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at the Jazz at Lincoln Centre in NYC. Picture by: Demis Maryannakis / Splash News.

Lauer’s wife has reportedly fled the country

MATT Lauer's long-suffering wife Annette Roque has fled their home and is rumoured to have headed back to her native Netherlands amid his sex harassment scandal.

According to the New York Post, sources have said the Dutch-born former model Annette - Lauer's wife of 20 years - was last seen at their Hamptons home on Wednesday, the day Lauer's firing was announced.

Matt Lauer and Annette Roque out and about in Midtown Manhattan. Picture: Jackson Lee / Splash News.
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque out and about in Midtown Manhattan. Picture: Jackson Lee / Splash News.

One Hamptons source told Page Six, "Annette has taken their two younger kids out of school and is believed to have left the US and gone to her family in her native country." It is believed her mother lives near Amsterdam.

Amid the scandal, Annette has remained silent. She and Lauer have three children, Romy, 14, son Thijs, 11, and their oldest son Jack, who is at a prep school outside Manhattan.

It is not known if the kids are with Annette or remained at home with Lauer.

Reps for Lauer have repeatedly declined to comment on the state of his marriage or the whereabouts of his wife.

Lauer and Roque leave Nello's after date night. The pair ate and chatted happily with a friend and then chose to walk home on the balmy NY evening. Picture: Splash News.
Lauer and Roque leave Nello's after date night. The pair ate and chatted happily with a friend and then chose to walk home on the balmy NY evening. Picture: Splash News.

Annette briefly filed for divorce in 2006, claiming she suffered "cruel and inhumane" treatment from Lauer, who she said in legal documents was controlling and demonstrated "extreme anger and hostility."

She withdrew the divorce filing a month later.

Another source insisted the reason Annette withdrew her divorce filing is that Lauer offered her a postnuptial agreement at the time of the filing, offering her up to a rumoured $6.57 million deal to remain in the marriage.

The source said, "Matt needed to stay in the marriage to keep his reputation as America's nicest dad.

 

"He is in fact a great, and very doting dad to his kids, but he is also a terrible husband."

A rep for Lauer declined to comment about his wife, and the postnuptial, as did his high-powered lawyer William D. Zabel.

Roque's divorce lawyer Nancy Chemtob declined to comment.

This article was originally published on the New York Post and was republished here with permission.


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