NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews

Sex Scandal

“An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.

According to the Daily Caller, Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.

The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions. MSNBC declined to comment on whether the employee left because of Matthews or whether this was the only claim in Matthews’ history at the company.
 
Matthews is the next high-profile man in the news business to be caught up in the #MeToo exposing frenzy that is sweeping the country.
 
NBC also cut ties with “Game Change” author Mark Halperin in October after a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment and groping  and senior vice president Matt Zimmerman for failing to report relationships he had with women who worked for him.”
 
Matt Lauer was also fired in disgrace for sexual misconduct. (Related Story)
 
 
 
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