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tonight, matt lauer breaks his silence. the fired nbc host apologizes, admitting there is enough truth in the allegations for him to feel ashamed. new images tonight of lauer and new reporting. what the women now describe. breaking news tonight. the scare late today. the earthquake here on the east coast a short time ago. felt from d.c. to philadelphia to new york. could there with a major shakeup? is president trump pushing out his secretary of state? your money, your taxes tonight. the drama moments ago on the senate floor. where the president's tax bill stands at this hour. if you are a family making about $75,000 a year, will your taxes go up in the next
and how much will the top 1% benefit? the suspected serial killer in florida. the basketball player who graduated from st. john's. and tonight, what police here in new york city have revealed. the images from miami today. the swimmers in the ocean. they have no idea there is a shark right there. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with matt lauer, breaking his silence, 24 hours after being fired as the long-time cohost of "the today show." he is now apologizing, in a statement expressing, quote, sorrow and regret for the pain he has caused, saying repairing the damage is now his full-time job. lauer seen for the first time in photos from thedailymail.com. as tonight, a clearer picture of the allegations now emerge. and the questions, who at nbc new what and when? abc's linsey davis leading us off. >> ror
host, seen here in photos by dailymail.com, leaving his $33 million estate on long island, new york. matt lauer now breaking his silence, saying in a statement -- "there are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain i have caused others by words and actions. to the people i have hurt, i am truly sorry. as i am writing this, i realize the depth of the damage and disappointment i have left behind at home and at nbc. some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed." adding, "the last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. it's been humbling." >> matt lauer and savannah guthrie. >> reporter: lauer's illustrious career at nbc has included plum assignments, like hosting the thanksgiving day parade. >> countdown to the olympic games with matt lauer. >> reporter: and the olympics. abc news has learned, since one female colleague went t
monday with allegations of sexual misconduct that began with the 2014 olympics in sochi -- >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. >> reporter: -- and continued after, at least two other women have made formal complaints at matt lauer to nbc news. one of those women also went to "the new york times" with her allegation, saying that in 2001, lauer sexually assaulted her after summoning her to his office. she says lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. at some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. she woke up on the floor of his office, and mr. lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse. >> she says she does bear some of the possibility for what happened, but she felt like, you know, he was kind of using his power over her. >> reporter: according to "variety" magazine, several women say they complained to executives at the network about lauer's behavior, which fell on deaf ears, given the
advertising surrounding "today." jeff zucker, the former president and ceo of nbc universal, who led "the today show" when he was just 26, had this to say. >> obviously, i've known matt for 25 years and i didn't know this matt. >> reporter: and nbc's current management doubled down, releasing a statement unequivocally denying any prior knowledge of complaints about matt lauer's conduct. but "variety" magazine is questioning the validity of that statement. >> it is at odds with our reporting. we had talked to dozens of former and current staffers who say that there was general knowledge within all ranks of nbc between staffers, high ranking executives, other anchors that were on air with matt knowing, detailing, speaking about what matt was doing pursuing women. >> you wish me well. >> oh, boy, do we. >> reporter: matt lauer's firing also bringing the tearful departure of ann curry back into
curry now breaking her silence on lauer's firing, telling "people m "people" magazine she is "still processing it", adding, "the women's movement got us into the workplace, but it didn't make us safe once we got there. and the battle lines are now clear. fe."d and make our workplaces n >> linsey davis with us tonight. this evening, we're learning details about what nbc news employees were told by their bass after matt lauer's firing? >> reporter: he would not give the details about that complaint, but he described a power dynamic at play which he said made the encounters inappropriate. >> linsey davis leading us off. thank you. russell sill mons resigning from az owl his companies tea after facing a new claim of sexual assault. jen gnu lumet writing in "the hollywood reporter" about the incident in 1991, claiming simmons offered her a ride home and had the driver take her to his home, where she says he sexually assaulted her.
we do move on tonight, and to the scare late today for many who felt the earth moving right here in the east. it was a rare earthquake, centered near dover, delaware. felt in d.c., philly and new york. abc's david kerley following this tonight. >> when i looked up, the chandelier was shaking. >> reporter: that's from manhattan tonight after the quake. surrounded by new jersey, philadelphia and baltimore, it was centered just northeast of dover, delaware, more than four miles under the surface, registering 4.1 on the richter scale. >> i heard a loud bang and i saw the fence right in front of us shake. >> our neighbor came running out, wanting to know if we felt it. i didn't feel it, but i heard it. >> reporter: unlike the west coast, quakes are somewhat rare in the northeast and mid-atlantic. >> we've seen earthquakes in every state, with the exception of florida. i don't think yoour immune. you just get them a lot less often. >> reporter: today's quake, 200 miles from the epicenter of t
august 20115.8 virginia quake, which rattled washington, d.c., causing between $200 to $300 million damage to the washington monument, the national cathedral and 600 residential properties. >> and so many on social media saying they felt this late today. david kerley with us live from washington. and david, officials are being flooded tonight with thousands of calls from people who felt the tremor? >> reporter: a couple thousand phone calls to the usgs and 6,000 people self-reported on the website. we're hearing from the dover air force base, no injuries, no damage. in fact, david, it looks like there was possibly no serious damage from this quake. >> lrment, well, that's the good news. david kerley, thank you. to a much different shakeup in washington. this one possibly inside the trump administration. there are reports tonight the president wants secretary of state rex tillerson out. and who he wants to replace him with. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight, asking president trump, do you want rex tillerson on the job? >> reporter: in the oval office today, hardly a vote of
do you want rex tillerson on the job, mr. president? >> he's here. rex is here. >> reporter: but the question tonight, for how much longer? abc news has learned white house officials have a plan to replace secretary of state rex tillerson, an ouster that could come in a matter of weeks. they've even lined up a possible replacement, cia director mike pompeo. with arkansas senator tom cotton potentially replacing pompeo at the cia. the state department downplaying the news. >> the secretary is someone whose feathers don't get ruffled very easily. >> reporter: president trump has repeatedly and very publicly undercut his own secretary of state, saying tillerson was, quote, wasting his time trying to negotiate with north korea. even calling him weak. >> sometimes i'd like him to be a little bit tougher, but other than that, we have a very good relationship. >> reporter: and there was the report that tillerson told colleagues his boss was, quote a moron.
>> reporter: the president responding -- "if he did that, i guess we'll have to compare iq tests, and i can tell you who is going to win." for months, talk of possible replacements have swirled. david asking the secretary -- >> there's a lot of chatter out there, you don't need me to tell you about this, about nikki haley being a possible next secretary of state. she's even been asked about this. what do you say about those headlines? >> i think we have a secretary of state currently and i think he's planning to hang around. >> reporter: today, publicly at least, the white house maintains tillerson still has a job. can we deduce from that that the president has confidence in the secretary of state? >> i think i addressed that pretty clearly just now. >> reporter: is that a yes? >> when it comes to questions like this, senior staff and cabinet secretaries, when the president loses confidence in somebody, they'll no longer be here. >> so, let's go live to cecilia vega at the white house again tonight. and cecilia, when asked if the president is happy with tillerson, sarah sanders saying
but your sources saying he could be out in just a matter of weeks? >> reporter: what's being said publicly and privately are two different things. multiple sources here in the west wing say he could be out by the end of the year. but today, the state department made it very clear and very public, when they said chief of staff john kelly called over there today to say the rumors about rex tillerson, david, are not true. >> cecilia vega, our thanks to you again tonight. next this evening, mounting pressure on someone else in washington, long-time democratic congressman john conyers is being told to resign by both democratic and republican leaders in the house. but tonight, conyers' spokesman says nancy pelosi will not determine when congressman conyers' career is over. abc's mary bruce, back on the hill tonight. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, a resounding chorus calling for congressman conyers to go. congressman conniers should resign. >> reporter: have you relayed that to him? >> i'm saying that to you right now. >> reporter: congressman james clyburn, the powerful former chair of the congressional black caucus, says he's personally urged conyers to
>> this was not going to get any better, in fact, i could see it getting worse. >> reporter: democrats have been treading gingerly for days, but the accusations are piling up. today, marion brown, who worked for conyers, spoke out publicly for the first time. >> he asked me to satisfy him sexually. he pointed to areas of -- genital areas of his body and asked me to, you know, touch it. >> reporter: conyers admits paying brown a secret $27,000 settlement, but denies all allegations of misconduct. the controversy is taking a toll on the 88-year-old congressman. tonight, hospitalized with stress-related illness. but his lawyer made clear he's not quitting. >> nancy pelosi did not elect the congressman, and she sure as hell won't be the one to tell the congressman to leave. >> mary bruce live on the hill again tonight. and mary, you've been reporting about the separate set of rules for congress, when it c
mandatory con selling for the accusers, a 30-day waiting period. and congress, as you've reported, has paid $17 million to settle workplace complaints and tonight, you're learning of one big payout involving whom? >> reporter: david, this settlement was paid against claims made against disgraced former congressman eric massa. close to $100,000 in taxpayer money paid to two former male staffers. the largest settlement that we know of of its kind paid for misconduct by a single lawmaker. david? >> mary bruce with us again tonight. next here, to your money, to your taxes and drama on the senate floor late today. one independent analyst finding that the top 1% of americans would get 62% of the benefit in ten years. and tonight, if you make $75,000 or less, what would this tax plan mean for your family? abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl with a reality check. >> reporter: it was john mccain who, with a late-night vote, killed the president's plan to
repeal obama care, but today, on tax cuts, mccain declared he's onboard. now, even the president's biggest republican critics say he's likely to score his first big legislative victory. >> is there any chance you don't pass this bill? >> i think it's likely to pass. >> reporter: democrats are loudly objecting. >> what this is is a grab bag full of special interest goodies for multinational corporations. >> reporter: the bill slashes tax rates for individuals and for corporations. but while the corporate tax cuts are permanent, the individual rates go back up in ten years. for americans earning up to $75,000 a year, that will mean a tax increase. and a recent university of chicago survey of 38 top economists found that only one thinks it would boost the economy. all agree it will increase the national debt. senator lindsey graham said today, republicans must pass it. if they
won't put up our signs, people won't write checks, the party will collapse of its own weight, steve bannon will have a great argument to beat us all. other than that -- >> jon karl with us live from the white house tonight. and jon, there are last minute negotiations going on right now. and for years, republicans have sounded off about the deficit. there was a frantic late today about what this bill would do to the deficit? >> reporter: big debate on that. the last-minute haggling is intense. changes are being negotiated right now, david, on the senate floor, even as they are hoping for a vote tonight. and while the momentum is there to pass this, it is not a done deal. >> jon karl watching this into the night. jon, thank you. meantime, optimism about the tax bill pushing the stock market across a new line tonight. the dow closing above 24,000 for the first time at 24,272. it broke the 23,000 mark just 45 days ago. from the uk tonight, a growing bashlash against president trump for retweeting
right wing british group. the london mayor and members of parliament across the political spectrum expressing outrage. >> action is needed now. not a slap on the wrist. cancel the state visit. >> calling are growing louder for the prime minister to withdraw the invitation of a state visit to president trump. white house press secretary sarah sanders was asked today if the president knew the source of that video when he retweeted it, answering, she didn't believe he did, but adding that by retweeting him, he was, quote, elevating the conversation to talk about the real threat of extreme violence and terrorism. next tonight, back here at home and to the suspected serial killer in florida, appearing before a judge for the first time. families of the victims forced to see him through closed circuit tv. tonight, why authorities here in new york city are looking to see if he's connected to any unsolved crimes here. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: the suspected tampa serial killer, making his first court appearance via video conference, shackled by the
anti-suicide smock. >> mr. donaldson, you're charged with four counts of murder in the first degree. >> reporter: howell donaldson iii saying nothing. >> so at this point you'll be held would bond until tuesday. >> reporter: families of the victims gunned down on the streets of tampa, disappointed the accused killer wasn't in the courtroom. >> i just want to look him in the eyes. i know all of us, we just want to look him in the eyes and ask him, why would he do such a thing to our daughter, to our cousin, to our granddaughter? >> reporter: as prosecutors here build their case, police in new york are now going over cold cases to see if donaldson, who graduated from st. john's university earlier this year, could be linked to any crimes there. one former basketball teammate says he was stunned to hear of the arrest. >> there was nothing aggressive coming from him ever. >> reporter: david, the mcdonald's worker who helped crack the case by finding the gun and alerting police, tonight, she's only received a fraction of the $110,000 reward. police saying they're hopeful she'll get the full
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